FBI Director James Comey says, if Apple helps the FBI open the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino shooters, it will not set a precedent. Bobbi Rebell reports.
FBI Director James Comey says, the court order demanding Apple help the government unlock the phone belonging to the San Bernadino shooter is unlikely to set a legal precedent. (SOUNDBITE) JAMES COMEY, DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This particular operating system is sufficiently unusual that it's unlikely to be a trailblazer because of technology being the limiting principle." But he said the case will be instructive for other courts. Comey suggested that Apple could find a way to give the government more than the ten tries to guess the code, and shorten the allowed waiting period between attempts. Currently the phone will automatically delete all data after ten attempts. Attorney Sunny Barkats: (SOUNDBITE) SUNNY BARKATS, FOUNDING PARTNER, JSBARKATS, PLLC, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think, Mr. Comey absolutely came up with an olive branch to the table, and offered a sort of compromise to Apple." The debate will continue. FBI Director Comey and Apple's general counsel are scheduled to testify on encryption at a congressional hearing on March 1st. Apple says, it's ready to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court.