Apple lawyer warns government on road to ‘limitless’ power in iPhone encryption fight

Apple lawyer Ted Olson, who some view as one of the most prominent practicing attorneys in the U.S., on Friday said the government appears to be on the path to “limitless” power in its court battle with Apple.

In an interview with CNN Money’s Laurie Segall, Olson said there are serious implications to an FBI victory over Apple in its case to force the company’s assistance in unlocking an iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.

Last week, a federal magistrate judge issued an order compelling Apple to write purposely vulnerable code in hopes of defeating a passcode lock on Farook’s iPhone 5c, leaving it open to a brute-force attack. The Department of Justice cites as its legal foundation the All Writs Act of 1789, a statute granting federal courts sweeping authority if no other judicial options are available. It was learned this week that the FBI is asserting All Writs to compel decryption assistance in at least nine other cases involving iOS devices.

Olson warned…

Read the entire article from AppleInsider here: Apple lawyer warns government on road to ‘limitless’ power in iPhone encryption fight

 



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