A NEW YORK COURT has sided with Apple in the iPhone passcode unlock case, and presumably made Donald Trump blow his top.
The news comes to us via the internet. Apple CEO Tim Cook made a whole heck of noise about this at the start, but the Cupertino comment has rather dried up as this thing progresses.
A report on Reuters said that the court decision relates to a different case, but still concerns the All Writs Act being used to compel Apple to crack the handset that started all this off in the first place.
The New York judge was presiding over a case involving a drugs dealer and the iPhone, which was presumably one of the tools of his trade. Reuters said that US magistrate judge James Orenstein decided that he did not have the legal authority to force Apple to crack an iPhone that was picked up during a drugs bust investigation.
The case covered a lot of the issues in the headline-grabbing San Bernardino incident, and the judge reportedly warmed to the sentiments that Apple has put out since this began.
Reuters said that the decision has shaken the Justice Department, which is hanging on the All Writs Act, and that the people at Apple are keen on the approval.
Orenstein said: "The extraordinary relief [the government] seeks cannot be considered 'agreeable to the usages and principles of law.' In arguing to the contrary, the government posits a reading of the latter phrase so expansive – and in particular, in such tension with the doctrine of separation of powers – as to cast doubt on the AWA's constitutionality if adopted."
The Justice Department is said to be "disappointed", which is probably the very short version of how it is feeling. The department is hanging on to the very old All Writs Act, so we can imagine that words that rhyme with duck and bell have been used in wild abandon inside its walls.
We have asked Apple whether it wants to comment, but we expect that Cook is sucking on the end of a pencil right now and thinking of something positive to say. µ
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