Father wants Apple to open his dead son’s iPhone

There aren’t too many undecideds left in the now-settled fight between the government and Apple over the former’s attempt to get into the phone used by terrorists in San Bernadino earlier this year. It was announced this week that the FBI figured out how to see what’s on the phone on its own, no thanks to Apple, which insisted the iPhone’s technology is the kind of privacy people want.

Maybe it is. But now there’s the case of Leonardo Fabbretti, whose 13-year-old son died in September, The Guardian reports.

He has the same request the FBI had; he wants to see what’s on his dead son’s phone.

“Don’t deny me the memories of my son,” Fabbretti wrote in a letter to Apple last week. “I cannot give up. Having lost my Dama, I will fight to have the last two months of photos, thoughts and words which are held hostage in his phone.”

Fabbretti, who lives in Italy, told AFP that he had given his son an iPhone 6 nearly nine months before his death “He wanted me to have access, he added my fingerprint ID,” he said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t work if the phone is turned off and on again.”

Apple looked at the cloud to see if it could find the boy’s photos, but he had not backed up his phone and the company said there was nothing more it could do.

  • Mike Worcester

    I recently upgraded to an iPhone 6S. When you take this story along with the situation with San Bernadino, it makes me wonder what would transpire if per chance something would befall me? My girlfriend has a fingerprint passcode to my phone also, though now I see that: “Unfortunately, it doesn’t work if the phone is turned off and on again.” That seems odd to me; that turning off a phone, which lots of people do for any number of reasons, would render a fingerprint passcode useless.