Apple San Bernardino Case: Justice Department Officially Drops Lawsuit

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IN PHOTO: An Apple logo is seen at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Looks like Apple's ongoing dispute with the U.S. government is officially over. According to MacRumors, the Justice Department today announced plans to drop its case against Apple. If you are unaware of the situation Apple ignored an order from the U.S. government that would have required the company to unlock the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook

CNBC reports, in a motion asking the court to vacate the original order, prosecutors said the FBI has been able to access the data stored on the iPhone 5c without Apple's help. Courtesy of MacRumors we are able to share a section from the court filing which say: 

"Applicant United States of America, by and through its counsel of record, the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, hereby files this status report called for by the Court's order issued on March 21, 2016.

The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court's Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated."

Furthermore, Apple has provided an official statement on the dismissal of the lawsuit saying that the company will continue to help law enforcement while still protecting their customers privacy. See the full statement below: 

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