S government applies to drop court case that pitted tech giants against law enforcement agents in a battle over the limits of encryption and privacy.
The American government is abandoning its legal action against Apple after FBI investigators found a way to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino gunmen, according to court papers filed on Monday.
The tech giant had been fighting a court order that required it to develop software that would unlock the phone, fearing it would make its encryption software redundant.
In response, the FBI said it was the only way to access data on Syed Rizwan Farook’s handset and find out whether he had been in touch with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or other terrorists before he and his wife shot dead 14 people in California last year. The couple died in a shootout with police.