Now that a federal judge has ruled against the government in one of the iPhone unlocking cases — remember, it turns out multiple iPhones were involved, not just the “terrorist iPhone” — it looks like a rare victory has been scored for the right to privacy.If the case stands, we’ve been spared the establishment of a terrible precedent.[ InfoWorld’s Galen Gruman shows how to enable encryption in Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. | InfoWorld’s Fahmida Rashid surveys the tools you need to encrypt your communications and Web data. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security newsletter. ]
As you may know, the FBI asked for a special version of the iPhone’s OS that would not wipe the device after 10 failed password attempts.

But if other judges take a different path than in yesterday’s ruling on a similar case involving an alleged drug dealer — and support the FBI — what would stand in the way of all sorts of electronic invasions of privacy? An invasion that would begin, of course, with the weakening of encryption itself.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here