Before asking to quit the court case, the lawyers declared that “the government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc”.
The authorities have declined to talk about the technique they used to get into the iPhone. Moreover, they didn’t want to say whether they would share this with Apple. The one thing they shared with us is that the method came from outside of the government.
The other clear comment the officials have made is that the method worked on Farook’s iPhone 5c. However, we don’t know if it works on other models with the same software.
In this case Apple fought for preserving what they stand for - the privacy of their users’. The company feared that if they opened a backdoor into this phone, it would further enable the law enforcement to demand this in any case, and ultimately compromise users’ security.
However, Apple wasn’t alone in this battle. Other Silicon Valley companies, such as Facebook or Google, stood by Apple’s side as the same is likely to happen to them soon. The government is actually about to take Facebook’s WhatsApp to court as they need their help with getting around the app’s security measures.
The government insists that they will take any measures necessary to protect national security and public safety, whether it be through working together or through court.
When asked whether they would share this method with other agencies and departments, the official responded with an ambiguous “we continue to assist them in appropriate cases”.