The agency, meanwhile, continues its standoff with Apple.
The FBI is ready to share its iPhone hacking secrets—but not with Apple.
The agency reportedly briefed U.S.
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about its method for cracking an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who is working with Feinstein on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology, has also been offered an update, according to the National Journal (subscription only), and reported by CNET.
As is obvious by their joint legislation, the lawmakers maintain that Apple should not be apprised of how the feds broke into Farook’s phone.
“I don’t believe the government has any obligation to Apple,” Feinstein said in a statement published by the National Journal.
“No company or individual is above the law, and I’m dismayed that anyone would refuse to help the government in a major terrorism investigation,” he added.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, meanwhile, argued that creating another OS to open the encrypted device is a slippery slope; a workaround, he said, would inevitably end up in the wrong hands.
After the FBI last month broke into the iPhone and withdrew its case against Cupertino, the tech titan said it “will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.”
Apple, the FBI, Feinstein, and Burr did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
Feinstein’s office did, however, confirm her federal meeting to CNET.
The senators’ draft legislation, expected for introduction as soon as this week, gives federal judges the authority to order tech companies to help the government crack encrypted data.
But, according to Reuters, the bill does not define what organizations would have to do, or the circumstances under which their assistance may be required.