A report published by Bloomberg offers additional details into Apple's ongoing battle with the FBI, including how the company has worked in private with government agencies in the past to provide access to court-ordered data.
The encryption issue started gaining traction following the launch of iOS 8, which altered the way data was encrypted, making it impossible for external agencies — and even Apple — to gain access to the device once a passcode was set. From Bloomberg:
According to the publication, the FBI was close to getting legislation passed that would've made it easier for the agency to access encrypted data on locked phones through court orders. However, Snowden's revelations in 2013 put a dent in its plans:
Even though new legislation did not come into effect regarding privacy, Apple continued to work with the FBI in private, including providing iCloud backups and sending engineers to assist in data recovery in the San Bernardino case:
With Apple vehemently denying to create a software utility to unlock the iPhone 5c in question, the FBI decided to take things public:
Apple officials will testify as part of an evidentiary hearing at 1 p.m. PT on March 22.
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