The iPhone maker is urging the American government to do this as it fights demands to unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s phone.
Apple Inc. is currently in the middle of a high profile battle in mobile security and encryption, as the company resists the demands being made by the government of the United States, in which the tech giant is being ordered to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The company has now urged the American government to create a panel of experts or a commission for this subject.
The purpose of the commission being requested by Apple, would be to discuss the implications of this type of order on national, personal and mobile security, among other issues and freedoms. On the company’s own website, it shared a post entitled “Answers to your questions about Apple and security,” in which it said that “Apple would gladly participate in such an effort.” The iPhone maker went on to explain that “the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands” to unlock the smartphone.
The FBI made the request of the company to break the mobile security barriers in the device, as a part of their investigation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that it wants to be able to access the contents of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook as a part its examination of the evidence that was created before the shootings in San Bernardino. Apple is being ordered to disable some of the passcode protections on the device.
On December 2, Farook and another man, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, murdering 14 people and leaving another 22 people injured. A police shootout ensued and both attackers were killed.
In response to the demands that it has received, Apple has said that, while it is technically able to unlock the iPhone through the creation of a new operating system, a precedent could be established that might lead to dangerous situations in mobile security and privacy freedoms. It underscored the fact that it has never unlocked a smartphone on behalf of law enforcement, though it has previously extracted data from one of its devices that had been operating on an older version of iOS when following a “lawful court order.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has now filed a motion to attempt to force Apple’s compliance in breaking through the mobile security of the device and unlock the iPhone.