As many privacy experts have warned, forcing Apple to decrypt one iPhone would soon lead FBI demands to decrypt many more phones of U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike. At least, that’s what the head of the FBI said.
During testimony before Congress, FBI Director James Comey was forced to admit that his agency would use the precedent from a win in the San Bernardino iPhone case to compel Apple to unlock more phones (via Apple Insider). After weeks spent trying to reassure the public that the government’s request for Apple to break into a terrorist’s iPhone would result in one-time access used only in this particular instance, Comey told members of the House Judiciary Committee, “If the All Writs Act is available to us, and relief under the All Writs Act fits the powers of the statute, of course” his agency would apply the precedent to other cases involving iPhones.
So much for the government’s earlier “assurances.” In short, they lied to us, according to the new revelations from James Comey, the Director of the FBI.
Details may be found in an article by Dan Pye in the iLounge web site at: http://goo.gl/5w2Iiw.
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