Monday, 20 November 2017 06:56

Apple may face another encryption stoush over Texas shooting Featured


Apple may face another stoush with the US authorities over encryption after it was served with a search warrant by Texas Rangers who are investigating a shooting at a church in the state by a man known as Devin Kelley.

Kelley killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs and then committed suicide.

Apple has said that it offered to help the FBI in the wake of the shootings once the agency said it was unable to unlock Kelley's encrypted smartphone. The fact that the phone was an Apple device was reported in some US newspapers.

Last year, Apple got involved in a major stoush with the FBI over a demand that it break into an iPhone which belonged to one of the attackers involved in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015. That stoush ended with the FBI backing down after it found a third party that was able to break into the iPhone in question.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the Texas Rangers had obtained search warrants for files on Kelley's iPhone, a second mobile phone found close to his body and for files in his iCloud archive.

Apple has a policy that material in an iCloud account can be given to law enforcement authorities if they have proper search warrants.

The newspaper said that Kelley had been found with an iPhone SE, and a second phone, an LG 328BG. Investigators are looking to obtain data from the iPhone and the shooter's iCloud account from 1 January 2016 onwards.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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