Apple’s battle with the U.S. government has reportedly come to an end. The Justice Department on Monday filed a motion asking that its order that Apple unlock an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Ryzwan Farook be vacated. Prosecutors claim that the FBI has successfully been able to access data on the iPhone in question without the support of Apple, according to CNBC.
“Our decision to conclude the litigation was based solely on the fact that, with the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement.
Apple released the following statement Monday regarding the motion to vacate the order:
“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.
We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.
Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security, and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.
This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”
Last month, a federal judge issued an order that Apple aid the FBI in an investigation of Farook – one of the perpetrators in the Dec. 2, 2015 San Bernardino attack that left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured. The order would have required Apple to provide specialized software that would allow law enforcement officials to circumvent the security measures on Farook’s iPhone that are designed to erase its data after a specific number of unsuccessful login attempts.
Apple resisted the FBI’s request leading to a very public debate.