FBI vs Google & Apple

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Photo Credit: Kat Russell

It’s no surprise that technology has taken over pretty much how we do everything.  However the FBI is very upset that Apple and Google both have created phones that only the owner can unlock by using a pin code.  What does this mean?  If an officer pulls you over or tries to reprimand your phone they will not be able to unlock it.

FBI director James Comey stated:

“The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law, troubles me a lot. As a country, I don’t know why we would want to put people beyond the law. That is, sell cars with trunks that couldn’t ever be opened by law enforcement with a court order, or sell an apartment that could never be entered even by law enforcement. Would you want to live in that neighborhood? This is a similar concern. The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders, based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation or terrorism, we could never open that phone? My sense is that we’ve gone too far when we’ve gone there.”

Law officials have been trying to argue to the Supreme Court that they should be able to go through someone’s phone without needing a search warrant.  The Supreme Court has decided otherwise and will continue to keep the policy as it stands.  Authorities however have a history of manipulating “suspects” phones while in custody to get access inside the device without consent from the arrestee, sometimes leaving the phone unlocked once they gain access.

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