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Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking..

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posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 07:57 PM
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Apple Computer got a victory in Federal Court today.

A judge ruled in their favor concerning a controversial iPhone unlocking case.

The government lacks legal authority says the judge !!!!

Personally, I think all this is a red herring.

I think Apple and the Government worked hand in hand and what we are "seeing" is simply a P.R. damage control and image enhancement for a big corporation as well as a general psy-ops to keep the public from believing the Government is this "Authoritative".

Not really buying the "official story". Sorry MSM.


Fede ral judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites 'unreasonable burden'


Apple was handed a crucial win in its fight for encryption on Monday, as a New York federal judge denied a government All Writs Act-based motion to compel Apple's assistance in bypassing the encryption safeguards of an iPhone linked to a years-old drug case.

In his ruling, New York Magistrate Judge James Orenstein decided the government lacks legal authority to force Apple, or indeed any company, to break its own digital security protocols. Echoing Apple's arguments against Department of Justice overtures in the high-profile San Bernardino attack investigation, today's decision noted the "unreasonable burden" in inventing, coding and distributing a purposely vulnerable operating system in hopes of cracking existing device security.

The New York case dates back to June 2014, when warrants were issued to search the residences of suspected drug trafficker Jun Feng and his associates. The Drug Enforcement Agency subsequently recovered several mobile devices connected to the criminal investigation, including Feng's iPhone 5s running iOS 7.





edit on Feb-29-2016 by xuenchen because: you are being watched as you speak




posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 08:11 PM
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A win for the American way of life. Good to see a company stand up for our rights( even it does help their product). Thank you Apple



posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 08:11 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I see both sides of this situation, but if another attack takes place in the future, with information connected to the phone in question, Apple will be splattered by that which hits the fan. That's not a position any retailer wants to be in.



posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 08:40 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen




I think Apple and the Government worked hand in hand and what we are "seeing" is simply a P.R. damage control and image enhancement for a big corporation as well as a general psy-ops to keep the public from believing the Government is this "Authoritative".



So, are you saying you think the judge ruled that Apple could not be FORCED to break its own security protocols, but that perhaps Apple may do it "under the table"?

edit on 29-2-2016 by queenofswords because: grammar correction



posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 08:46 PM
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originally posted by: queenofswords
a reply to: xuenchen

So, are you saying you think the judge ruled that Apple could not be FORCED to break its own security protocols, but that perhaps Apple may do it "under the table"?


That's about it !!!

The whole case maintains the illusion of rock solid "security" on iPhones etc.




posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 08:51 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

This doesn't help apple in the current case read the judges opinion he stated the court has the power to compell them to cooperate. What the government did here is make a request from apple and claimed that them selling a product that could be used by bad people meant they were responsible for misuse of their product. And as such have to help the government without a court order. In the current case they have a court order and are therefore forced to by the court.

This helps apple in denying requests from the government without a court order. But that was a given seems the government didn't agree until now of course.



posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 11:35 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

My thoughts exactly. Apple has never cared for the privacy of its customers up to this point, so why all the fuss from them now? Probably to keep up their image (or even improve it) while allowing the FBI access "behind the curtains". It wouldn't surprise me one bit if this were the case.



posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 11:42 PM
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This case also illustrates just how corrupt the justice department is, and how willing they are to crap all over the laws and the rights of Americans.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:00 PM
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This sure seems to be a front on Apples part.


Apple’s new role as a champion of digital privacy must be making the Chinese government smile. According to an article by the US news website Quartz, Cook’s intransigence apparently depends on geography.



In January 2015, the state-run newspaper People’s Daily claimed, in a tweet, that Apple had agreed to security checks by the Chinese government. This followed a piece in the Beijing News (link in Chinese) that claimed Apple acceded to audits after a meeting between Cook and China’s top internet official, Lu Wei. China’s State Internet Information Office would reportedly be allowed to perform “security checks” on all Apple products ...

qz.com...



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