A magistrate judge has ruled in 29th February – The US government cannot force Apple to extract data from a locked iPhone in a routine Brooklyn drug case.
According to Reuters, this conclusion from the judges would help Apple to strengthen its own arguments in the legal battle with the US Justice Department over encryption and security case.
The US government requested Apple to unlock the iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case in New York last October. Recently, Washington required Apple for access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the criminal case in San Bernardino city, California.
However, US Magistrate Judge James Orenstein concluded that he has a limited jurisdiction to compel Apple to provide assistance and unlock an iPhone seized during the Brooklyn drug investigation.
This ruling advocated arguments that Apple has made in San Bernardino case. An Apple spokesman said the judge’s ruling from Orenstein is a positive signal in the San Bernardino for Apple.
Recently, the case between Apple and the US government has sparked a heated national debate about the balance between fighting crime and preserving privacy in the digital age. .
According to the spokesman, the requests that the US government launched for Apple in the San Bernardino, including Apple have to adjust the operating system, are even much more complex than the Brooklyn case’s scope.
The Congress has reportedly shown Apple’s argument that refusing the US request about extracting information from the iPhone may “threaten Apple customers’ belief as well as create bad reputation for Apple brand name”
Apple gains many supports from various big US tech leaders including Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter for its opinion in data protection and security.