“Less than 24 hours before a highly anticipated Tuesday court session where prosecutors and Apple lawyers would have squared off here in federal court, government attorneys suddenly got a judge to vacate that hearing and stay an unprecedented court order that would have forced Apple to aid investigators’ efforts to unlock and decrypt an iPhone linked to a 2015 terrorist attack,” Cyrus Farivar reports for Ars Technica. “In a court filing Monday, federal authorities cited a newly discovered ‘unlocking method’ that it hopes won’t require Apple’s help.”

“The sudden and unexpected postponement essentially means an immediate victory for Apple—the company doesn’t have to comply with the government’s demands to create a customized version of iOS,” Farivar reports. “But the new government filing also raises more questions than it answers, such as the reach of the government’s decryption capabilities.”

“Fred Cate, a law professor at Indiana University, told Ars that while the decision to vacate is “good news,” it represents a clear escalation in the security struggle,” Farivar reports. “‘As a practical matter, if the FBI’s new technique works, it likely means that Apple will add more protection to its devices, which is a good thing for consumers, and the FBI will be back in court in the future asking a judge to compel Apple to help the government defeat Apple’s improved security,’ he told Ars. ‘So the issue probably has been deferred, not resolved.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: They’ll wait for a child pornography case or kidnapping or similar, so they can try playing the Think of the Children™ card in their misguided quest to shred the Constitution.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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