Apple and the FBI had been involved in a legal case relating to an iPhone owned by the San Bernardino shooter, although the FBI paused the case recently as they said that they had the means to unlock the device.
The FBI had previously wanted Apple to create software to allow the FBI to hack the passcode on the handset, essentially creating a back door into iPhone’s, Apple refused to do this and the two parties ended up in court.
The Justice Department has now dropped the case against Apple as they have revealed that the FBI have been able to access the data on the handset.
Now Apple has released an official statement relating to the case, the company is basically saying that the case should not have been brought against them, you can see the statement below.
From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.
We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.
Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.
This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.
A similar high profile case like this could happen against Apple and other company’s in the future, many of them are said to be improving encryption on devices and also their services to protect their users.
As the FBI are capable of getting into the iPhone which belonged to the San Bernardino shooter then hackers would also potentially be able to get into other iPhones, we suspect Apple may be looking to improve their encryption on their iPhones.