Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to a court order that stipulated Apple must help the FBI break into a phone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino killers, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent.”
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” said Cook. “We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
Cook’s response came less than 24 hours after U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, ruled that Apple must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI to unlock data on Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5C. This includes helping investigators bypass an auto-erase feature and passcode protection, thereby permitting them to attempt an infinite amount of passcodes.