After the FBI successfully hacked into the San Barnardino attacker's iPhone, the US Department of Justice has dropped the legal case against Apple.
The tech giant had expressed its unwillingness to aid the FBI in unlocking the phone as it would open up a multitude of phone hacking issues. However, the FBI recently admitted that it had been able to unlock the attacker's iPhone without Apple's assistance.
However, Apple had the last word. In a statement, Apple noted:
From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.
We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.
Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.
This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.
While the incident may see Apple working to enhance security for its devices, the debate on privacy continues.