Apple won Round 1 vs. U.S. government overreach; what comes next?

“A showdown between Apple and the FBI over a dead terrorist’s iPhone took a surprise twist this week, when a judge canceled a highly anticipated hearing at the 11th hour,” Jeff John Roberts writes for Fortune.

“This came as a victory for Apple, but, overall, it is still early innings in what is likely to be a long and bruising battle between the FBI and the tech industry,” Roberts writes. “The FBI’s recent sky-is-falling rhetoric now sounds less credible since the agency doesn’t appear to need Apple after all. This shift also makes the government’s very public legal and PR campaign against the company look more heavy-handed than before.”

“While the government is supposed to file a status report with the court on April 5, the case is basically over, according to Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. ‘Regarding whether this hearing ever takes place, it’s certainly possible but doesn’t seem at all likely. FBI is taking this fight to Congress,’ Cardozo said by email,” Roberts writes. “Cardozo believes the government has been on shaky legal ground all along and that, rather than risk an unfavorable precedent, the FBI will press lawmakers to grant it new powers rather than roll the dice in court.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: U.S. citizens can press their representatives to listen to perhaps the smartest of the Founding Fathers:

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

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BD” for the heads up.]

6 Comments

  1. Our founding fathers had much to say about islam. They had no idea america woul turn so politiically correct and that technology would advance to this state. Today they would stand up and refuse to allow any muslims in. Do your research. It has been a cancer for centuries.

  2. My question is this. Could Apple have been given the iPhone, Removed the data and then destroy the phone and never reveal how they did it? And get paid to do it.

  3. Much as I support EFF (with $$) I have to point out that it is APPLE who pushed this case into Congress. They have been very open, verbal and LOUD about it being a matter for the Congress to decide, NOT the courts. That is NOT what the FBI wanted or intended at all.

    Personally, I’m not counting on anything as of yet. April 5 is not long to wait to see the next bend in this demented road.

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