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Apple responds to FBI case withdrawal: it ‘should never have been brought’

Apple has issued an official response to the FBI’s recent dropping of its court case against the company.

Over the weekend, it emerged that the FBI had managed to crack the iPhone 5C at the centre of its high profile court case against Apple. As a result, the  United States Department of Justice opted to drop the case.

“The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple,” reads the filing from US attorney Eleen M Decker and assistant US attorney Tracy L Wilkison.

Now Apple has had its say on the matter. Suffice to say, it’s still not happy.

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“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent,” says Apple. “As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

“We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated,” continues the statement. “Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.”

“This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”


Now Apple can get on with selling the spiritual successor to the iPhone 5C, the iPhone SE, as well as the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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