US federal judges order companies to unlock seized phones

The US government invoked the All Writs Act in order to compel the assistance of smartphone manufacturers in unlocking devices pursuant to a search warrant. Orders from federal magistrate judges in Oakland and New York City require companies to bypass the lock screen on seized phones and enable law enforcement access.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: All Writs Act, Apple, National Security Letter, law enforcement, consumer security, encryption, backdoors, surveillance

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

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