Things changed now and the FBI have made history: Apple needs the FBI help, if possible, to identify vulnerabilities in their data protection system on iPhones. The agency has shown no interest in telling Apple how it skirted the phone's security features, leaving the tech giant guessing about a vulnerability that could compromise millions of devices.
More, another thing was guessed: Governments regularly develop or purchase hacking techniques for law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts, and put them to use without telling affected companies. For the instant it's unclear or not known whether the FBI's hacking technique will work on other versions of the iPhone. Attorneys for Apple are researching legal tactics to compel the government to turn over the specifics. Many experts however agree that the government faces no obvious legal obligation to provide information to Apple. But now it’s not privacy vs. security. It is encryption vs. insecurity. Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of cloud-computing company Box, which filed a legal brief supporting Apple’s case, said he didn’t see a winner in the FBI’s decision to withdraw the case.