❝Apple has spoken about privacy rights for its customers before, but newly released court documents show that the company is practicing what it preaches.
…A newly unsealed court transcript from an October 2015 hearing in Brooklyn shows that Apple petitioned the court to stop asking it to unlock iPhones in a brief, as part of their participation in a trial against a meth dealer.
❝During the hearing, a judge asked Apple to explain why it had ignored U.S. prosecutors’ search warrants to unlock the iPhone 5s of Jun Feng, who pled guilty to conspiracy attempt to distribute methamphetamines and was charged alongside six others.
The government asked for Apple’s help because Feng’s iPhone 5s, which had Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, was programmed to erase all its data after 10 unsuccessful attempts to unlock the phone. Even Homeland Security’s password-unlocking system — which will go through every combination available — was unable to obtain information from Feng’s phone…
❝“In most cases now and in the future, the government’s requested order would be substantially burdensome, as it would be impossible to perform,” lawyers for the company wrote…“For devices running iOS 8 or higher, Apple would not have the technical ability to do what the government requests — take possession of a password-protected device from the government and extract unencrypted user data from that device for the government. ”
Apple noted that operating systems like iOS 8 and the current iOS 9 are designed to be impenetrable — even by Apple itself…
❝”Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a ‘backdoor’ in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed any government access to our servers. And we never will,” says the statement.
Some day, some way, the government of the United States may rediscover the urge to join the current century. Our elected officials, state and federal, may eventually recover dedication to the Founding Fathers love of individual freedom and quit trying to use the courts and Congress to enforce obedience to lazyass lawmen.
I expect that will be accompanied by flying pigs and snowcones sold on the sidewalks of Hades. Until then, I am pleased to applaud Apple’s willingness to support folks who think we actually have a right to privacy.