The federal government is fighting Apple for something the police want too
Los Angeles Times | February 26, 2016 | 11:19 AM
Police officials nationwide are keeping a close watch on the legal dispute between Apple and the FBI in hopes they too might be able to access encrypted data on smartphones.
And it’s not just terrorists they hope to nab. Police in California and other states have complained for months that data encryption and other security measures create a major investigative hurdle. Some officials say they fear that criminals are intentionally using devices that run on newer operating systems because they know police can’t access them, despite having search warrants signed by judges.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has as many as 150 phones in evidence lockers that investigators can’t crack. The LAPD has about 300.