The US federal government is looking to pile on the pressure with Apple by looking into ways to force the company to bypass any encryption sported by the iPhone. A report over on Ars Technica reveals that authorities are invoking the All Writs Act, 18th-century law that could compel Apple to comply and bypass any protection the company offers customers. According to Ars Technica:
Some legal experts are concerned that these rarely made public examples of the lengths the government is willing to go in defeating encrypted phones raise new questions as to how far the government can compel a private company to aid a criminal investigation. Two federal judges agree that the phone manufacturer in each case—one of which remains sealed, one of which is definitively Apple—should provide aid to the government.
Ars Technica has published documents detailing requests laid down by the court to potentially force Apple to utilize all capabilities the company has to bypass said device security. It's also stated that the act can only be used if there's enough justification to warrant such powers to be deployed.
It was previously argued against Apple that any encryption implemented on smartphones could lead to the death of a child. Another point to take away from these reports is that Apple isn't alone in the fight to protect consumer privacy, with the likes of Google, Facebook and other large tech giants banding together for the same cause.