“The U.S. government said it no longer needs Apple Inc.’s help to get into an iPhone used by a drug dealer in New York after obtaining a passcode, ending a second courtroom battle over whether the company can be forced to help unlock its devices,” Christie Smythe reports for Bloomberg. “”
“In the Brooklyn case, the government said in a court filing Friday that it had obtained and used a passcode by hand and gained access to the iPhone ‘late last night,'” Smythe reports. “Because it no longer needs Apple’s assistance, it said it was withdrawing its request for a court order.”
“In what could be the next brewing court fight, Apple has objected to a warrant recently unsealed in Massachusetts federal court for a phone belonging to an alleged gangster, according to a lawyer for the defendant,” Smythe reports. “The order was made public this month in response to efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The group is trying to expose a process of issuing warrants for private data that has largely gone on in secret.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Again, Congress, not the courts — legislation by the peoples’ representatives, not judicial decrees — should decide this issue.
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