What implication does this have on us, the consumer?
The battle between the FBI and Apple ended some weeks ago but the repercussions of the case are beginning to be felt. The FBI managed to access an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters without the help of Apple. Tech giants Apple had refused to develop software which would allow the FBI to unlock the phone.
As soon as the phone was unlocked, the conversation moved to a different direction; will the FBI tell Apple how they managed to access the phone? If the organisation opted to tell Apple then the company could close the loop hole and ensure that all user data is fully protected. If they didn't, could we, the consumer ever full trust Apple again?
Speaking earlier this week Amy Hess, FBI Executive Assistant Director for Science and Technology said:
"The FBI assess that it cannot submit the method to the VEP."
This means they will not divulge the information to Apple. The VEP, Vulnerability Equities Process, was created in 2014 to determine whether law enforcement or government agencies need to turn over software vulnerabilities to manufacturers so that they can patch loop holes, such as the one in this case, and protect their customers from hackers.
You can read the full statement from Amy Hess below.
Statement from FBI's Amy Hess on bureau not submitting SB iPhone tool to White House VEP. pic.twitter.com/pTW1JEcx6H— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) April 27, 2016