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FBI is now offering to help local cops unlock phones


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After finding a way to crack Apple’s iPhone without Cupertino’s help, the FBI now intends to share the love with the rest of the boys in blue.

The Bureau intends to help local law-enforcement agencies that are struggling to get into smartphones, a move that could set a worrying precedent.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has written to local authorities, affirming assistance is at hand.

As has been our long-standing policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners,” the letter read.

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

The letter came after law-enforcement officials on local and state levels turned to the FBI for help in their own cases where locked iPhones are causing problems.

FBI officials acknowledged that locked phones are “a substantial state and local law-enforcement challenge that you face daily.”

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It all comes following a stand off between Apple and the FBI that threatened to shape privacy policy in the United States.

The FBI had demanded access to an iPhone 5c recovered from one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple had steadfastly refused to co-operate with the court order.

The battle was set for the courts until a third-party approached the FBI with a method to by-pass the passcode.

It’s now this method that could shape how easy it is for police, or anyone else for that matter, to access private information on a smartphone.

All-in-all, it’s concerning times for all law-abiding smartphone owners, let alone those whose activities merit intrusion.

Are you worried about the law-enforcement monitoring? Let us know in the comments below.


April 2, 2016, 5:08 pm

Good job Apple didn't give in to demands for a backdoor key or the FBI would be emailing that to every local cop shop.

Rex Steinkuller

April 2, 2016, 7:21 pm

aww go move to China ya bunch of pedophiles!


April 3, 2016, 3:40 pm

By that remark I gather you would be surprised if you made another one that you thought was harmless but got picked up by the police or FBI and was misconstrued. Say the police are looking for a murderer in the area where you live and you say something to friends like "those b******* need their d**** cut off" but not actually intending to do it or not motivating someone else to do it. If this is picked up you could find yourself a suspect because of an aggressive statement to maim or kill.

The reason people do not want this amount of privacy interfered with is because innocents are often charged and imprisoned and if anything is far from reliable its snooping on someone. So often people hear something said or see something done and before you know it they have put 2 and 2 together and made 7. When authorities get a record of anything whether said in anger or a joke but with certain connotations they will have to consider it literally no matter how innocent.

If a girl goes missing in a neighborhood and someone is talking about how attractive she was that could be enough to get polices attention. You may be subsequently found innocent pretty quickly but if you are in the house alone on the evening she went missing they may get more serious as that is motivation, opportunity and no alibi. All it takes is a policeman trying to wrap the case up quickly no matter what to make a very bad judgement. That scares me.

Label me paranoid but Law and Order is not about justice, right or wrong. It is simply about keeping the peace in an ordered society by rules and regulations designed to make people feel comfortable. A law in one country can be seen as a crime in another and to be honest the death penalty is no less than murder to a lot of people but that doesn't stop it being used in America or considered by some in the UK.

This brings me back to how the authorities can not be trusted to do the right thing when they try to maintain law and order so we don't need them snooping, making bad mistakes that cause misery to people and judgments that victimise people just to keep others happy.

Rex Steinkuller

April 3, 2016, 5:10 pm


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