Judge Makes Major Ruling in Apple vs FBI Case

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr


A new ruling from a judge in New York has possibly changed the fight between tech giant Apple and the FBI.

According to an NBC News report:

A New York judge says the U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled Monday. The decision follows a California magistrate judge’s order requiring Apple to create software to help the U.S. hack the iPhone of a shooter in the Dec. 2 killing of 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

The fact that different judges have made different rulings on similar cases means that the Apple vs the FBI fight is likely heading to the Supreme Court at some point.

The FBI is attempting to use the All Writs Act, part of the Judiciary Act of 1789, to compel Apple to help the government in the case of locked iPhones.