CUPERTINO, Calif. (NEWS10) – Apple is challenging a federal judge’s order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif. terror attack.
An iPhone left behind by one of the San Bernardino, Calif. gunmen has started a showdown between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple. A federal court order is demanding Apple build a new feature that would bypass a security measure.
The feature involves the lock screen. After too many incorrect password attempts, all of the data on the smartphone is erased.
Apple has vowed to fight the order, and GreyCastle Security CEO Reg Harnish said it’s because the general public’s privacy is at stake.
“It would be a feature that would be available not only to the FBI, but guess what? Cyber criminals,” he said.
By unlocking the shooter’s phone, the FBI would have access to all his information.
“Search histories, the websites you visit, what’s in your e-mail, your GPS, your tracking,” Harnish said. “The amount of data about you on your mobile device is mind numbing.”
But there’s no telling what kind of data the FBI would find on the shooter’s iPhone or if it would be helpful.
“You have to ask yourself, if you’re the one making that decision, truly, is it worth it?” Harnish questioned.
Apple said if they developed the tool capable of unlocking the phone, then it would be the equivalent of creating a master key. It would lift the privacy curtain on every other iPhone user.
“Your mobile device is where we live these days,” Harnish said. “So if those things can be turned against us, where does that leave us?”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a public discussion on the issue. He posted a letter on the company’s website explaining to customers that the software is too dangerous to create.
Cook also called the order an overreach by the U.S. government.
Click, HERE, to read the entire letter.