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FBI Opens iPhone without the Help of Apple; Justice Department Withdraws Case

Apple logoBy Steve Neavling

The federal government has successfully cracked the security function on an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists and officially withdrew its legal battle against Apple.

But the USA Today suggests the bigger battle over tech privacy “is just getting started,” citing observers in the industry.

“This lawsuit may be over, but the Constitutional and privacy questions it raised are not,” Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who had criticized the Justice Department’s suit against Apple, said in a statement Monday.

An unidentified entity suggested a method to open the phone without erasing its contents, allowing the government to gain access to the phone.

Apple still defended its position that creating a backdoor for law enforcement would enable less scrupulous people from hacking into phones.

“This case should never have been brought,” Apple said in a statement released late Monday. “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. … This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy.”

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