ACLU accuses FBI of gambling with cybersecurity as it fails to disclose iPhone hack details to Apple

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the FBI of gambling with cybersecurity by failing to disclose to Apple the method used to access the San Bernardino iPhone, reports the WSJ.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, said the FBI is facing “a million-dollar question, and really what it comes down to is, does the FBI prioritize its own surveillance needs, or does it prioritize cybersecurity.’’

The longer the FBI keeps the security flaw to itself, he said, “the more they are gambling that no other entity will discover this flaw.’’ 

A former FBI official said that the agency’s decision on whether or not to reveal the method would likely depend on how many iPhone models it is able to unlock …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: ACLU, Cellebrite, FBI, iPhone, iPhone hack, San Bernardino
Source: 9to5 Mac

ACLU, United Nations watchdog, & others file court briefs siding with Apple in encryption case

A day after Apple testified before the House Judiciary Committee, a handful of privacy groups have officially filed that they support the company in its fight against the FBI. While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has previsouly expressed its support for Apple, it today filed an amicus brief with the court, officially acknowledging its stance. Furthermore, three other privacy groups, Access Now, the Wickr Foundation, and a United Nations free speech group have also filed briefs with the court echoing the ACLU’s sentiments.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: ACLU, Apple, FBI, privacy, United Nations
Source: 9to5 Mac