US Judge Orders Apple to Access iPhone in New Case

apple{VOA News} – A U.S. judge has ordered Apple to help law enforcement officials unlock an iPhone in a gang case —another battle between the government and the technology giant over encryption.

A Boston magistrate judge said Apple should provide reasonable assistance to the government, which could include extracting data from the device, copying it to a hard drive, and then giving the drive to law enforcement officers.

The court ruling was made February 1, but was unsealed to the public Friday.

The case is similar to one linked to the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting in December in which 14 people were killed. The government has dropped its legal action against Apple in that case, after announcing that it figured out how to unlock the iPhone used by the gunmen in the mass shooting. Government officials said, however, that the encryption workaround they discovered only works for one particular phone and operating system. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.