Though the FBI eventually gained access to the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino gunmen, Apple had no part in helping them get that access.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, challenged the court order telling the company to help the government bypass security functions on the iPhone.
“We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms,” Cook writes.
Cook addressed the recent attacks to the IRS systems and a number of other data breaches that have happened due to lack of data security. He consistently reminded his employees they are not doing this to hinder the investigation, but rather are thinking long-term, protecting the data, security and privacy of millions of people.
Protecting Data Security
If Apple agreed to the Justice Request and bypassed security features on the iPhone, they would be opening the door for hackers across the globe to bypass these same security features. As iPhones contain private information of millions of users, all of this data could possible become accessible for a hack. Apple prides itself in their extreme security measures, making them one of the most trusted software companies in the world.
Complying to the request would have created a backdoor to decades of encryption development efforts that have brought about online banking, investing and money transfers.
There has been many debates on whether Apple should have complied or if they stood up for the right thing. So, what do you think? Learn more about data security.