US has asked Apple, Google to help unlock devices in more than 70 cases
U.S. government agencies have filed more than 70 orders requiring Apple or Google to help law enforcement agencies unlock mobile devices since 2008, despite the agency insisting its fight with Apple in a recent terrorism case was limited in scope.
The Department of Justice dropped its California case against Apple after the FBI found a way to break into one of the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhone without assistance.
But the American Civil Liberties Union has identified 64 cases where representatives of the DOJ have filed All Writs Act orders seeking assistance from Apple or Google to unlock mobile devices. The ACLU’s numbers are on top of 12 cases identified by Apple lawyer Marc Zwillinger in mid-February, the group said.