Authorities in drug case in Brooklyn, New York, wanted to have access to the contents of the current mobile phone in October, months before a California judge ruled that Apple needs to help the FBI in the infected San Bernardino case, reports Reuters news agency.
the judge has now established that he does not have the legal right to order Apple to unlock the phone seized stood during a narcotics investigation.
a senior manager at Apple, which does not want to be quoted by name, tells Reuters that the court’s decision could strengthen the company soon in the San Bernardino case because the two judgments referring to the same laws, but have made different interpretations of the law. The Department of Justice, however, “disappointed” and plans to take the issue higher up in the legal system in the coming days, said a spokesperson, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, US Attorney Loretta Lynch in a television interview with Fox News that she still hope Apple will help the FBI to “hack” the cell phone in the San Bernardino case.
on Tuesday, Apple should and the FBI to participate in a hearing on encrypted technology in Congress.
FBI Director James Comey spoke last week before a congressional committee on the San Bernardino case. Comey said that it is “unlikely to be a director” of precedent in future cases. The ever-changing software for mobile phones will limit how the case might be used, said Comey.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has however said that he is prepared to pursue the case to the Supreme Court if necessary and that the case is likely to set a precedent which in practice means that the FBI and other US authorities receive a backdoor straight into Apple products.