In a tweet late Tuesday, President Trump criticized Apple for refusing “to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements.” Trump was particularly referring to a locked iPhone that belonged to a Saudi airman who killed three U.S sailors in an assault on a Florida base in December.
It’s solely the most recent instance of the federal government making an attempt to realize entry to a terror suspect’s machine it claims it will probably’t entry due to the encryption that scrambles the machine’s information with out the proprietor’s passcode.
The authorities spent the previous week bartering for Apple’s assist. Apple mentioned it had given to investigators “gigabytes of information,” together with “iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts.” In each occasion it acquired a authorized demand, Apple mentioned it “responded with all of the information” it had. But U.S. Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not giving investigators “any substantive assistance” in unlocking the cellphone.