Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on “60 Minutes” Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

December 20, 2015

“Local law enforcement agencies rely on photos, videos, and messages stored on lawfully seized smartphones to hold perpetrators accountable, deliver justice for victims, and exonerate the innocent. Apple implemented full-disk encryption so that it could no longer comply with the judicial search warrants that make this work possible.

“iPhones are now the first consumer products in American history that are beyond the reach of lawful warrants. The result is crimes go unsolved and victims are left beyond the protection of law.‎

“Because Apple is unwilling to help solve this problem, the time for a national, legislative solution is now.” 

Read more about full-disk encryption’s effect on public safety in ‎the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s white paper.