Government Wants Access to Terrorist’s iPhones

Government Wants Access to Terrorist’s iPhones

( – In December, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani killed three sailors at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. This has now been deemed an act of terrorism — and now it’s turning into a fight over cellphone privacy.

During a press conference this week, Attorney General William Barr requested that Apple give law enforcement officials access to the shooter’s iPhones. They’re interested in seeing if he communicated with any terrorist groups or had anyone helping him plan his attack on the naval air station. The shooter’s iPhones were locked and encrypted, and so far it seems that only Apple can help the FBI gain access.

While Barr says that Apple hasn’t been much help, the company disputes his accusations.

In a statement released earlier this week, Apple said that they have “produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation.”

As of right now, the FBI hasn’t gotten a court order for Apple to unlock the phones. The company has had a history of protecting its customer’s phones, regardless of who they are or what they’ve done.

In its most recent statement, Apple said:

“We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.”

One thing is clear, this discussion is far from over. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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