Apple has made it very clear in the past its views on building backdoors into the iPhone and iOS, US law enforcement agencies tried in the past to get Apple to give them access to iOS.
Now Australia is apparently looking for Apple to build a backdoor into the iPhone, this was revealed by Australia’s Attorney General who is having a meeting this week with Apple.
The Australian government are looking to allow Police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information from both criminals and suspected terrorists.
Senator Brandis says the government will be seeking voluntary cooperation as a first preference.
‘But we will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don’t get the cooperation we seek,’ he told Sky News On Sunday.
Apple is likely to oppose any backdoor into the iPhone and iOS as they have always said that if one exists then it weakens the security of their OS and devices and could end up falling into the wrong hands.
In the US there have been a number of unsuccessful attempts by US law agencies to get Apple to unlock devices used by suspects in a number of cases.