Apple vs FBI fight heads to Congress the Right to Look Inside Your iPhone

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, announced that it would challenge the demands of the FBI - the US Federal service of judicial police and domestic intelligence - by any means possible, including going to the Supreme Court of the United States. The company has completed on Thursday 25 February, the first step by introducing a formal appeal against the request made to him to provide the FBI a "release tool" that would "open up" an encrypted iPhone that belonged to a terrorist who committed the attack in San Bernardino (California) on 2 December 2015. On that day, fourteen people were killed by two assailants.

Apple vs FBI fight heads to Congress the Right to Look Inside Your iPhone
Apple vs FBI fight heads to Congress the Right to Look Inside Your iPhone

In a document submitted to the court twenty-four hours before the end of the deadline set by a court to provide Apple said tool to the FBI, the company's lawyers have given a series of arguments justifying the position of the firm at the apple. Most relate to points of law and try to show that demand investigators imposes an unreasonable constraint, and that the creation of such an unlocking tool would endanger the privacy of iPhone users. They note, in passing, that the FBI has provided no evidence that the phone could contain the elements necessary for the investigation, and the investigators themselves have blocked the progress of the investigation by changing - by mistake or voluntarily - the iCloud password to the device, the backup service from Apple online.

Motion to support the sector

But lawyers for the Cupertino (California) also put forward a strong argument: the computer code, they say, is a form of writing. As such, it is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression, and the FBI cannot force the company to "speak" by producing software against her will, they say.

This argument, if it were to be approved by the US courts, could have profound implications for hundreds of other cases. But the current law does not lean on this point, in favor of Apple. In proceedings, the US giant may, however, count on the support of many of its rivals. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook announced that they would file in the first week of March, a motion of support for the company founded by Steve Jobs with the court.

Without waiting for the results of its application, Apple launched another against attack, technologically this time. The group began working on security updates that render inoperative future requests from the FBI. So far, the company accepted upon presentation of a warrant from a judge, to provide US investigators copies of files iCloud, its online document backup system.

Apple vs FBI fight heads to Congress the Right to Look Inside Your iPhone

But according to the Financial Times Information, Apple seeks to establish a system of protection similar to that used to encrypt the content of its phones. Since the latest updates its iOS operating system, the encrypted content is unlocked by the owner of the device, which is the only one who knows the password - Apple cannot communicate to a third or decrypt the content.
Close the "door" iCloud

In several surveys, the forces of order US used the iCloud backup system to circumvent this lock: when the owner leaves the synchronization of data enabled, no need to unlock the phone, since a copy of photos and other documents on the device is automatically transferred to Apple's servers. Closing this "door" would be similar to a new declaration of war to the FBI, and the beginning of a second race for technological and judicial arms.

For its part, the FBI and his boss, James Comey, and several political figures have made many statements calling on the US Congress to take up the case. Requests for access to the federal police service are indeed in a legal gray area - the United States, the law regulates the obligations of network operators and Internet service providers, but it is vague in regards the information that the security forces can collect from computer manufacturers.

Engaged in the campaign for primary, policies have not failed to take sides in the controversy between the FBI to Apple. The main candidates for the Republican nomination have all, to varying degrees, expressed support to the investigators. Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, who is leading the race, refused to comment while his rival, Bernie Sanders, returned back to back the "Big Brother" state and that of the "multinationals". But the long battle ahead in court suggests that the future Congress will seize the subject under penalty of blocking.
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