FBI could force Apple to spy on camera phone users: Report

The government has said that Apple should unlock their iPhone, but the company has argued that doing so would set a dangerous legal precedent.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016, 23:58 PM IST
FBI could force Apple to spy on camera phone users: Report

London: The US government could force Apple to spy on people through their iPhone camera, a media report said on Thursday.

The government and the FBI have said that Apple should unlock the iPhone, but the company has argued that doing so would set a dangerous legal precedent, The Independent reported.

That same precedent could be used to break into phones and use them to spy on their owners, Apple’s head of services Eddy Cue has said.

“Someday they will want (Apple) to turn on (a user’s) camera or microphone,” he said. “We can’t do that now, but what if we’re forced to do that?

“Where will this stop? In a divorce case? In an immigration case? In a tax case? Some day, someone will be able to turn on a phone’s microphone. That should not happen in this country,” he added.