Apple has refused to help the FBI in unlocking a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.
In order to further investigate one of the suspects of the San Bernardino, Calif. shooting last December, FBI investigators sought to recover the data from one of the shooters’ (Syed Rizwan Farook’s) iPhone, according to the Washington Post.
The FBI requested Apple to assist the bureau in unlocking Farook’s phone, as the phone’s data was erased after 10 attempts at entering the passcode. However, Apple refused a judge’s order to unlock the phone.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, denounced the judge’s order on Apple’s website, claiming that by aiding the FBI, Apple would create a virtual backdoor for the government to access other users’ information, according to the Los Angeles Times.
California high schoolers have mixed feelings about the issue of how much power the government should have.
“Although the government should not have too much power, I think that it should be allowed to track and search the items of dangerous people, like terrorists, for our safety,” freshman Chaehyun Kim of Marymount High School said.
However, others believe that the government should be subject to restrictions, to protect privacy.
“It is way too easy for the government to be able to abuse their power to ‘protect the citizens,’” senior Julie Yi of North Hollywood High School said. “The government should have some restrictions to their powers for our privacy.”
Despite the impasse between the FBI and Apple, in late March, the FBI successfully retrieved the data stored on the phone with the aid of a company that has not been identified, according to ABC News. Apple did not play a part in unlocking the iPhone.
Forensic examiners are now attempting to use the potential evidence from Farook’s phone, but it is unclear whether any evidence has been found yet.