U.S. Attorney General Says iPhone Unlock Request Won't Lead to Widespread Privacy Breaches

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the court date for the iPhone unlocking case between Apple and the FBI just over a week away, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided to speak on the issue during an episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (via TechCrunch). After Colbert asked about her likely stance on the topic, Lynch said that she has "had a number of great conversations with Tim Cook on issues of privacy," and remarked on the sensitivity of the issue.
    As it has been heavily reported since mid-February, the case revolves around the FBI's request for Apple to unlock the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken a stance against the court order, which Colbert brought up to Lynch in last night's interview. The host noted Cook's belief that creating such a backdoor into the iPhone could lead to a "slippery slope" into privacy concerns for all Apple device users.

    Lynch's defense lies in Cook's alleged misrepresentation of what the FBI wants the company to do in regards to Farook's iPhone. In the interview, she claims that they are "not asking for a backdoor," and that the court order filed requesting Apple's compliance is "very narrow," suggesting Cook's fear of an anti-privacy precedent is unwarranted.
    Lynch's comments support a recent document released by the prosecutors representing the United States government in the case against Apple, in which they refer to the original filing for Apple's participation a "modest" request that would never lead to a "master key" that could unlock all iPhones against the will of their owners. Nevertheless, Apple will appear in court to fight the order on March 22, following the recently confirmed March 21 date of its "Let Us Loop You In" media event.

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  2. TheRealTVGuy, Mar 11, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016

    TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Sorry, Ms. Attorney General, but the NSA's actions and the Patriot Act are enough for me to call "Shenanigans" and not have any trust or faith in the argument you're trying to make.
  3. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Is this the same AG who feels the private server with classified information on it, marked or not, is just fine? This is the most politically motivated AG in my lifetime. I trust nothing that comes out of her mouth and soon an election will fix that bad noise.
  4. benh911f macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    This is a woman who recently said there have been discussions in the DOJ about bringing legal action against people who exercise their First Amendment Right in regards to the question of climate change.
    She's the last person I would believe.
  5. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    It is not Apple's fault that the county did not take more steps to keep their property from being placed in a state that they cannot recover, or for not doing bi-weekly iCloud backup checks to ensure that each device was being backed up per common sense policy.

    Not Apples monkeys. Not Apples circus. Go away FBI.
  6. justperry, Mar 11, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    The bad thing is, it affects ALL iPhone users in the world, if it was USA only most outside of the US wouldn't care.
  7. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    She's a good actress, I have to give her that credit.
  8. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Aww, she thinks she knows tech.

    Plot twist: she doesn't.
  9. Studioman macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    If it's so easy, why haven't they done it themselves. Are they saying that they can't break the encryption on a common phone? I'm sure real criminals and goverments use stronger encryption or are they just use to all the holes in Windows products.
  10. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Not this rubbish again. They keep missing the point that in order to disable the password erase function, Apple will have to create software that essentially acts as a backdoor due to the level of security on their phones. They can't just disable it on one specific phone, because the same software could be applicable on any iPhone.

    It's like asking somebody to create a fob that unlocks only one specific car without any previous keys or information to go on -- but in engineering that, it can unlock any car of the same model, regardless of what its usage would be.
  11. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Yes it will.

    What the FBI and DOJ are asking for is a tool. A tool which has to be disclosed to defense attorneys during normal course of trials. This is the very reason the NSA does not want to give the FBI its tools for cracking encryption. Because any case it is used in will have to be disclosed.

    This is how that can and will get out in the wild.
  12. kch50428 macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2015
    North Iowa
    This is from the same administration that said if you like your insurance plan and doctor(s) you could keep them...

    Nothing but vocal emissions from an orifice not on their cranium....
  13. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I generally approve when politicians take their case to the people but I think the government would be doing much better if they just shut their collective mouths. At this point if Apple loses they get to play the martyr then the USG loses the war.

    The worse part is their choice of the case their using to put the pressure on. The man did a great job of destroying everything related to the crime, there was nothing in the iCloud back up so breaking this phone doesn't pass the common sense test.
  14. Robert.Walter macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2012
    Dear AG, your wishin', hopin', prayin', just sayin' doesn't meant you have a clue about what you are talking about.

    Some have mooted you for a potential Supreme Court appointment. Based on what you are trying to sell to the citizenry, I think you are not qualified.

    Please go home, you are power drunk.
  15. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    When a United States Attorney General is so clueless, what hope is there for mankind?
  16. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    Then when it happens, you'll have a new AG in office to condemn the previous AG and everyone carries on with their lives...
  17. QCassidy352, Mar 11, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016

    QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
  18. WeemanWise macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    The "real owner" should have had MDM enabled. Can't blame Apple for their own mistake.
  19. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    The real owner of the SW is Apple and the government want's that SW broken.
  20. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    FBI can't do it themselves cause only Apple has the signing key to digitally sign their software. Same signing key that will prevent hackers and FBI from using GOVTos on any iPhone cause the court order is for the GOVTos to be for a specific iPhone ID.

    Since you want the FBI to do it themselves, that's what they are going to so. They are going to get the iOS source code and signing key and do it themselves > http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/11/fbi-could-force-apple-to-hand-over-private-key
  21. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    I almost take what she said for real (yeah right).. then I remembered shes on a late night TV program. Seriously? Go on the news and discuss this if it's so important. Hitting up late night is just drumming up press because they'll use it as fodder. This whole "issue" has been way overblown, it's a witch hunt at this point.
  22. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Deep in the Depths of CA
    What is false about what was said? You're spreading FUD. The positions have definitely changed maybe you're not paying attention?
  23. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2010

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