It’s Not Just iPhones: Feds Also Asked Google To Help Unlock Android Phones, ACLU Reveals

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The FBI has been asking OEMs such as Apple and Google for help to unlock their devices for quite some time, on at least 63 occasions.

The recent iPhone unlock case may have been more mediatized, but it’s not the only scenario in which the feds asked for access to data stored on various phones.

By now, most people are likely aware of the government’s attempts to use the All Writs Act from 1789 as a tool to force Apple write new software with weaker security so that feds could unlock an iPhone 5c they had in custody. Authorities ultimately managed to unlock the iPhone without Apple’s help, but they’re still using the 1789’s law to urge other technology companies to break into their devices.

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