Faculty Notes Eric M. Freedman, Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights

Published on February 19, 2016 | by LawNews

Prof. Eric M. Freedman Comments in Newsday on Justice Department’s Dispute With Apple Over Unlocking iPhone

Cracking Syed Farooq iPhone at core of political debate
By Dan Janison
Feb. 18, 2016


To Eric Freedman, who teaches constitutional law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the U.S. government’s attempt to force the Apple corporation to help it break the phone’s security code departs sharply from precedent.

“The legal framework here is that there’s a huge difference between a search that a law enforcement officer may be authorized to conduct, and requiring a private citizen to help,” as is tested here, Freedman said.

A compulsory order is now at issue — one that is “unsupported by precedent” and “extremely dangerous,” Freedman said.

A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 19, 2016, on page A43 with the headline: The politics of cracking an iPhone.

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