“The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it will move ahead with an appeal of a court ruling blocking the government from forcing Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York,” Nate Raymond and Julia Love report for Reuters. “In a letter filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the Justice Department said “the government continues to require Apple’s assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant.”
“The letter came a day after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said the agency’s secret method for unlocking an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters will not work on other models,” Raymond and Love report. “Those models include the iPhone 5s, the type of phone at issue in the case pending in Brooklyn. Apple has said it has the capability to access that phone but has fought against a U.S. bid for its help doing so.”
“The phone in the Brooklyn case belonged to Jun Feng, who has since pleaded guilty to participation in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The Justice Department sought to unlock Feng’s phone to find other conspirators,” Raymond and Love report. “Unlike the phone used by Rizwan Farook in San Bernardino, Feng’s phone had an older operating system, iOS 7, which is not protected under the same encryption technology.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If you value your privacy, use an Secure Enclave-equipped iPhone (iPhone 5s or later) with the latest version of iOS (currently iOS 9.3.1).
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