The Department of Justice has dropped a case against tech giant Apple in a New York drug case. The news came after someone managed to provide the device’s passcode to authorities. In the letter to the judge, prosecutors simply explained that they no longer were in need of the company’s assistance.
In a statement which was seen by reporters, the Department of Justice Spokeswoman, Emily Pierce said the matter was not about setting any precedents but was however about the ability for law enforcement agencies to have the “ability and need to access evidence on devices pursuant to lawful court orders and search warrants”.
She also said they now had access to the data they needed and there was no need of any help.
Just last week, Apple had filed a refusal to help the DoJ claiming the government was not doing all in its power to unlock the phone. Apple wanted the government to provide evidence of ways the DoJ had done which showed they were really desperate. In addition, the tech firm argued that the FBI had also not shown whether the method used in the San Bernardino case was not working well for the New York case.
In February, the U.S Magistrate Judge James Ornstein had ruled that the FBI had no grounds to order Apple to hack the New York phone, to which the FBI filed an appeal for in March. Apple then followed with the denial last week.
The New York started in October 2015, when the FBI wanted help to access an iPhone 5s which belonged to drug-dealer, Jun Feng. The method that the FBI used to hack into Farook’s iPhone 5c, apparently does not work on 5s versions and above according to FBI Director James Comey. The iPhone 5s involved runs iOS 7 software, which Apple can access but does not want to due to a hard stance on privacy and encryption.