After much tug-of-war we may, at least for the time being, have an end to this whole story. Finally, and without the help of Apple, the FBI has managed to access the content of the iPhone 5c owned by one of the terrorists responsible for the shooting that took place in December last year in San Bernardino.
The same FBI had declared days ago that they could unlock the terminal without finally having to rely on the collaboration of Cupertino’s people but until today there has been no official confirmation of this as Melanie Newman, who is a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, has declared.
Having obtained access to the content , the request has been made that the lawsuit that had been filed against Apple for not collaborating with justice be withdrawn so that this whole conflict would be over in the first place.
And I say first of all because this is not going to be the end of the story. The US government, through the FBI, is going to continue putting pressure on the big technology companies so that they allow easier access to their users’ data, come on, a back door.
Apple has always been adamant about this , refusing completely. Tim Cook himself at the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro launch event sent a very clear message in favor of protecting the privacy of Apple device users.
This is a very complex subject that has many points of view and that will become more and more talked about as time goes by as technology gains more weight in our society, even more than it already has, but, in this case Apple has stood firm and I think rightly so. The FBI did not want to exclusively access the terrorist’s iPhone, it wanted a door to access other devices in the future and that was the part that Apple was not willing to consent to.