Judges side with Apple over FBI

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Photo Courtesy of Ron Paul Institute

Photo Courtesy of Ron Paul Institute

Apple won in court against the FBI on 29 Monday, in New York. James Orenstein, a federal magistrate judge, rejected the U.S. government’s request as part of a drug case to force Apple company to unlock the phone of Jun Feng and gain information. Apple has a strict policy guaranteed to their customers protecting their privacy even against the government. Apple said, “Doing the federal government’s bidding would undermine the security features in hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world.” The Department of Justice tried using the All Writs Act passed in 1789, which gives judges broad discretion in carrying law. Judge James Orenstein said, “federal investigators can’t use that law to pull this off.” The U.S. Constitution does not express the right to privacy bluntly, instead it’s mentioned vaguely. The First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment deals with privacy. The Fourth Amendment deals with the protection of a person’s possessions against unreasonable searches and the Fifth Amendment protects us from self-incrimination, which provides protection for personal information. The United States is still a free nation with the privilege of civil liberties. The federal government’s case was much more difficult to side with because of the Constitution and the protections and freedoms that go along with it. Apple use to help the federal government until IOS 7 changed. “Apple… only changed course when the government’s application for assistance was made public by the court,” Apple is doing this to protect the company and their customers’ privacy. Apple is still facing 10 cases nationwide to help break into 13 phones. Though Apple won in Court the federal government is going to bring the issue to the U.S. district judge to oversee the case and keep fighting back.

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