Those who enjoy watching shows like CSA know that when a police investigation kick starts, one of the first things the law enforcers check is the suspect’s phone records – the calls he/she made and what files are stored within their device.
According to some new information provided by CNET, Apple has been receiving a lot of requests on behalf of government agencies and police asking for its official assistance in unlocking iPhones and iPads. The company has received so many that it had to install a waiting list so information could be received by the requesters.
CNET stumbled upon some court documents detailing the endeavor of an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who applied for help at the Apple headquarters. The agent was notified that his request will be complied with in 7 weeks. From the answer, we can speculate just how huge the waiting list really is.
Apple is known for building devices which feature advanced encryption software that is incredibly hard to crack. Therefore, it makes sense that the investigators would turn to the mother company for help. But does it? The CNET report sheds no light on how exactly is Apple retrieving the information. It might be possible that when building the devices, a back door was left in case of emergencies. Like police investigations and such.
Apple has been contacted for an official statement, but is yet to comment on the information provided by CNET.