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63 cases seek access to locked Apple, Google phones, ACLU says

Matt Hamblen | March 31, 2016
Freedom of information requests revealed cases primarily focused on unlocking phones in drug-related crimes

The disclosures include 12 cases in New York and 14 in California — the most of any state. There are 20 others states with cases, some with just one case.

In addition to the ACLU disclosures, USA Today reported Wednesday that state and local officials in more than a dozen jurisdictions have been confronted with more than 1,000 locked smartphones and devices that are blocking access to potential evidence in criminal matters.

In New York, the number of locked devices that could contain vital information for criminal investigations is more than 200, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, as reported by USA Today. New York Police have said there are "hundreds" more phones that are blocked, according to the newspaper.

Also Wednesday, CBS News reported that it had learned from an unnamed government official that the FBI holds the rights to the technology used by a third party to access the locked iPhone in the San Bernardino case.


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