The Department of Justice has revealed that it will appeal a landmark ruling made by the New York Federal court last February. The DOJ had been seeking a court ruling that would force Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking an encrypted apple iPhone 5S.
The high profile case was important because it divided opinions across the United States. One popular opinion is that the government should receive assistance to unlock devices during criminal investigations, and when investigating other matters of national security. On the other side of the fence, there is a large portion of the population that believes that there should be a basic right to privacy.
The Department of Justice has so far been unsuccessful in all of their attempts to force apple to cooperate in unlocking devices. Apple has stated on numerous occasions that the government should not be able to force the unlocking of proprietary technology. Although they cite privacy concerns as an issue, there is also an underlying desire to protect their intellectual property, as well as their reputation when it comes to security.
Recently, Apple also defended a legal case that had the Department of Justice requesting that they unlock another device, this one being a phone that potentially had evidence relating to the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, which left 14 dead and 22 seriously injured.
With Apple so far being successful in defending their security, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Most recently, the US Senate proposed a bill that would force any technology company to assist the government in unlocking encrypted devices for criminal investigations. Apple is yet to comment on the proposed legislation, but developments in the coming months will prove critical for both technology companies, and the users that take advantage of what they believe to be unbreakable encryption on consumer devices.