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Apple says it passed FBI ‘many gigabytes' of data in Pensacola shooter probe, disputes AG's claim of ‘no substantial help'

Added 01-13-20 11:37:02pm EST - “Apple has hit back after US Attorney General William Barr accused the company of offering no assistance in unlocking devices linked to the Pensacola shooter, insisting that it handed the FBI large troves of data for its probe.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Apple says it passed FBI ‘many gigabytes’ of data in Pensacola shooter probe, disputes AG’s claim of ‘no substantial help’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Barr told reporters on Monday that Apple had not “given any substantive assistance” to law enforcement agencies looking to crack into a pair of smartphones owned by the shooter – who left 4 people dead on a Florida naval base in December – but the company directly countered the AG in a statement.

“We reject the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation,” the tech giant said, adding that it had responded to the FBI’s requests for help “promptly, often within hours.”

The queries resulted in many gigabytes of information that we turned over to investigators. In every instance, we responded with all of the information that we had.

Apple previously went head-to-head with the FBI in lengthy legal battle over a similar phone-cracking case related to the 2016 terror attack in San Bernardino, in which the company refused to provide the bureau a ‘backdoor’ into one of the attacker’s phones.

Though Apple still maintains “there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys,” the company has become more willing to engage with law enforcers in recent years, announcing in 2018 that it would create a special police “portal” allowing officers to request data.


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