The battle between mobile phone privacy and the quest for justice seems to be over for now after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) told a court it managed to breach San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c.
The phone has been at the centre of a heated debate on security as the DoJ and the FBI wanted Apple’s help in accessing the phone. Apple flatly refused.
The DoJ filed court papers yesterday to vacate the case, right before it was to argue its stance for the umpteenth time as to why Apple should be forced to open the phone.
“The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016,” the court documents said.
Apple isn’t exactly pleased with this state of affairs, and it said in a statement to Engadet that the case should have never happened.
“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,” Apple said. “As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”
Apple goes on to state that it will however help law enforcement where needed with this case going forward.
“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.”