Apple’s decision not to comply with a judge’s order to hack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters for the FBI has riled up a Florida sheriff, who has promised to ‘lock up’ CEO Tim Cook if he gets the chance.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd’s comments came during a Wednesday press conference about the arrest of three brothers accused of murder, ABC News reported. He said that the case was made easier by the brothers’ decision to show pictures of the body taken on their cell phones.
They didn’t use iPhones, and have given their passcodes to investigators, but the Sheriff said that if he needed to turn to Apple to break open a phone in similar circumstances, and the company refused, he’d crack down on its CEO.
‘You cannot create a business model to go, “We’re not paying attention to the federal judge or the state judge. You see, we’re above the law,”‘ he said.
‘The CEO of Apple needs to know he’s not above the law, and neither is anybody else in the United States.’
Grady is referring to Apple’s decision not to unlock a phone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters who murdered 14 people and injured a further 22 in December last year.
The FBI say the locked device holds evidence needed in their inquiries, but Apple has refused to construct software to hack open the device, claiming that it will weaken the security and allow other phones to be unlocked by the authorities.
But those authorities say that Apple would retain all copies of the software and they would not be able to use it on other Apple products.
For now, however, Grady is going to keep an eye open for a similar situation in his territory. And if that happens, Cook had better watch out.
‘I can tell you, the first time we do have trouble getting into a cell phone, we’re going to seek a court order from Apple,’ Grady said.
‘And when they deny us, I’m going to go lock the CEO of Apple up,’ he said. ‘I’ll lock the rascal up.’
Daily Mail UK