A New York judge said on Monday that the U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case, CNBC reports.
The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein follows the recent order by a judge in California requiring Apple to create software to help unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the December 2 killing of 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
In October, Orenstein invited Apple to challenge the government’s use of a 1789 law to compel Apple to help it recover iPhone data in criminal cases. Since then, Apple has opposed the requests to help extract information from over a dozen iPhones in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York, noted CNBC.
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