After all the public rhetoric, Constitutional discussion and intense scrutiny, the Department of Justice ended without fanfare the fight to compel Apple to assist in unlocking the iPhone used by San Bernadino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.
On March 29, 2016, the DOJ filed a status report in the US District Court which simply stated:
The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by [the court’s original order].
The DOJ requested that the court’s order compelling Apple’s cooperation be vacated.
It is unlikely we will ever know just how this came to be, but the fight so perfectly teed up by Farook’s phone will have to wait for its next test case.
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