Apple refuses to unlock iPhone involved in drug case

In a new statement, Apple continues to deny assistance to the Department of Justice in relation to the case of an iPhone 5s involved in drug trafficking. Once again, Apple claims that the government has not clearly used all possible avenues when accessing the required data, and the company has asked the judge involved to dismiss the government's lawsuit against Apple.

"The government has failed completely to present everything necessary to enforce the search warrant, including that it exhausted all the means for the recovery of the information it seeks," Apple argued in the new presentation to the district judge Margo Brodie. "Before the government demands that Apple do the law enforcement work, the government must offer evidence that it has conducted a thorough search and that it is still unable to obtain the data it needs without Apple's help."

Apple even referred to the case of San Bernardino, in which the FBI finally managed to unlock the iPhone phone in question through the use and help of so-called "pro hackers". Apple's argument is that the government might in fact be able to access the iPhone in the case of New York without their help, which would be fair. That said, the method used to access the San Bernardino iPhone 5c has been confirmed that it is not compatible with later terminals, such as the iPhone 5s, 6 or 6s.

At the same time, a bill could eliminate Apple's choice in matters like this in the coming years if a couple of US senators put it in their path. Although it has been listed as "absurd" and "technologically ignorant", the proposed legislation has been published as a draft, and would force companies like Apple to comply with the orders of the judges to decipher the required data in the event that any of their devices are involved.

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