Apple finds itself in another legal battle with the Justice Department
The legal battle between Apple and the FBI came to an abrupt end last week when the latter filed a petition in court claiming that the they had managed to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone with help from an external source.
Now, unsealed documents reveal that the company had been summoned to unlock encrypted data from an iPhone for a drug trafficking case in Brooklyn, New York. The judge had ordered Apple to bypass the security pass code and obtain data that would help in sentencing a drug dealer.
The code used to decrypt the iPhone in the San Bernardino case will not be useful in this one.
Thus, the court will require help from the tech giant and so, on Friday, the Justice Department filed a notice that it will push for the drug case and continue to require Apple’s assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant.
Apple, continuing to maintain its stand on encryption, has refused to be a locksmith for the government and is ready to lock heads with the Justice Department for the second time.