Apple, FBI at odds over iPhone data after Pensacola shooting

by Laura Mize · Jan 14th, 2020 12:07 pm

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that tech giant Apple "has not given any substantive assistance" in response to FBI requests for information from two iPhones used by the man who shot U.S. Navy sailors in Pensacola late last year.

Three sailors died in the shooting, which the Justice Department deemed a terrorist attack.

Apple denies Barr's claim. In a statement, the company outlined its responses to the FBI:

"Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing. Within hours of the FBI's first request on December 6, we produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation. From December 7 through the 14th, we received six additional legal requests and in response provided information including iCloud backups, account information, and transactional data for multiple accounts."

Barr has called for tech companies to provide ready access to devices and information "when we have a warrant that establishes that criminal activity is underway."

🔦 The tech company and the Justice Department have faced off before over FBI access to an iPhone following a 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California. In that case, Apple refused to unlock the shooter's phone for authorities, but the FBI gained access through a vendor that was able to break the encryption.


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