Brooklyn judge denies government’s request to unlock iPhone in drug case


A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to order Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to help law enforcement access data on a locked iPhone, in a ruling that bolsters the company’s arguments in a growing privacy fight with the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Brooklyn ruled that he did not have the legal authority to order Apple to disable the security of an iPhone seized during a drug investigation.

This isn’t the Apple vs FBI case that has garnered so much attention but it is interesting, if not precedent setting, that the judge in this particular case ruled against the government and its use of the All Writs Act, the same law the FBI is trying to use against Apple.