The LA Times reported on Thursday that the FBI issued a warrant to Apple to obtain access to an iPhone and iCloud account belonging to a US Senator:
Federal agents seized a cellphone belonging to a prominent Republican senator on Wednesday night as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into controversial stock trades he made as the novel coronavirus first struck the U.S., a law enforcement official said. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, turned over his phone to agents after they served a search warrant on the lawmaker at his residence in the Washington area, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a law enforcement action.
Senator Richard Burr is in the middle of a federal investigation over possible illegal sales of stocks from his portfolio. He’s thought to have conducted 33 different trades based on information he obtained from the Senate in COVID19 briefings. The value of his trading is set at $628,000 and $1.72 million.
The FBI is said to have issued the warrant in “recent days,” the warrant leads to the seizure of the iPhone and iCloud account. Apple does often comply with law enforcement agencies in criminal or legal investigations. Apple found itself under deep reassure following a mass shooting in 2015. Federal investigators requested that Apple provide a backdoor for iOS, Apple aggressively declined too. The iPhone was found at the shooting side intact but required a password. Investigators at the time didn’t have sufficient evidence to follow through with Apple’s normal procedure of obtaining a warrant. On iOS, a certain amount of failed password attempts may clear the phone of its data, they want that changed. Apple said that doing such, even for good intentions to help bring the shooter to justice would harm all iPhone users around the world.
Although this case with the Senator is less extreme, it is a single that Apple has, and will be open too assisting in criminal/federal investigations, despite what 2015 has to say.