Apple has just won a legal victory that could help its case with the FBI and the iPhone that the FBI are trying to force Apple to unlock.
The latest case was once again trying to get Apple to unlock an iPhone, although this time the phone belonged to a drug dealer and not a terrorist.
The DEA and FBI had tried to get Apple to assist with unlocking the device, under the authority of ‘All Writs Act’ this is the same act that the FBI are using in the case against Apple.
Judge Orenstein applied previous legal decisions interpreting the AWA and concluded that the law does not “justif[y] imposing on Apple the obligation to assist the government’s investigation against its will.” In a formulation extremely favorable to Apple, the judge wrote that the key question raised by the government’s request is whether the AWA allows a court “to compel Apple — a private party with no alleged involvement in Feng’s criminal activity — to perform work for the government against its will.”
This could have a significant impact on the case between Apple and the FBI related to the iPhone owned by a terrorist, as it is essentially the same thing that the court has denied the FBI’s case.