I sent this out last week --
It was not just meant as a quip, but underneath it all, an actual question. And so, it was with a certain amount of pleasure that three days ago, a news story was released that, shock of shock, the FBI says it might not need Apple's participation at all to unlock the cell phone in question. Instead, an outside source has provided law enforcement officials with a technique that might provide it with the access it wants.
"Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook's iPhone," lawyers for the Justice Department wrote to the court, in requested a postpone a hearing their motion. "If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case."
Gee, who would have guessed??!
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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