Apple is seeking to have a court order requiring it to assist the FBI in hacking an iPhone belonging to a suspected terrorist overturned as part of a deepening rift between the technology giant and the law enforcement agency.
A fundamental difference of opinion between the two has seen Apple caution that any move to assist places all iPhone owners at risk of losing the security of their personal data but the FBI is adamant that their request is limited to a single phone.
Court papers filed by Apple sees it warn that authorities are demanding ‘dangerous powers’ and that it is unable to comply with the FBI’s request as the requisite software ‘simply does not exist’.
In its filing Apple wrote: “This case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld.”
Apple is concerned that in order to comply it will have to build a back door to encrypted data on an updated version of the iPhone operating system but the FBI has said it is willing to negotiate and continue the conversation.