Reply to post: Re: Apple has access to the information, they are just refusing access..

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

ThomH Silver badge

Re: Apple has access to the information, they are just refusing access..

Radiation's a bad example because it definitely will become a public health risk if generated with abandon, the tools to monitor it are widely commercially available and any laws that require radiation monitoring are debated and agreed by elected representatives and either phased in for existing operators or known in advance to newcomers.

In this case we're talking about the work phone of a person that physically destroyed their personal phone and computer, that the FBI already has the iCloud backups of, and a request that Apple be compelled to engineer a new product.

So a lot of us are arguing that there's a negligible probability that there will be something on the work phone that the criminal decided not to destroy, that's helpful, but which isn't considered a sufficiently important category of data for the OS automatically to back up; and that in any case a court should not be able to compel the creation of a new product using the current legislation.

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