“In mid-March, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking the iPhone,” The message reads. “That method for unlocking that specific iPhone proved successful.”
The Advisory does not state that the mentioned method will be used to unlock phones for local authorities, but the agency did state that they “will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners.”
Though the dispatch does not explicitly state if the FBI will use the mysterious third-party method to unlock phones for local authorities, officials said the agency “will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners.”
We know that the absence of lawful, critical investigative tools due to the “Going Dark” problem is a substantial state and local law enforcement challenge that you face daily. As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints. You have our commitment that we will maintain an open dialogue with you. We are in this together.
Office of Partner Engagement