Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate’s order to hack its users in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. FOX News correspondent Adam Housley has more from Los Angeles.
Apple is going up against the federal government, in a case that could have huge legal implications. Apple CEO Tim Cook says he will fight a court order requiring his company to help the FBII recover data from an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
“We can’t even access that phone right now. And, it really makes no sense whatsoever.”
The ruling requires Apple to help the FBI disable the security feature which erases data from the iPhone after too many attempts to unlock it. With the feature disabled, the feds can try as many times as they need to unlock the phone. But Cook says he’s fighting the order over privacy concerns, arguing it has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.
“Volunteer if Apple wants to? Yes. Having the government, having big brother tell you, you must help us? That’s why we have a constitution.”
Cell phone locks have become more problematic for criminal investigators over the past few years
and some law enforcement officials are hoping this ruling will make it easier for them to get court orders to help bypass those locks.
“I’ve had numerous homicide investigations, where I couldn’t get into the physical phones.”
But it can be a tough sell, with some saying nobody should be able to override the privacy features they pay for.
“I don’t even let my friends get into it, so, why would I let the police?”
“Maybe the police are looking into more than what they say they’re trying to find.”
Investigators tell FOX that the iPhone is essential to the case and possible terror connections overseas.
Apple now has five business days to formally respond to the ruling.
In Los Angeles, Adam Housley, FOX News.