Families fight in court over missing teen’s iPhone data

Families fight in court over missing teen’s iPhone data

Apple is reportedly upholding its pledge to make every effort to access the iPhone 6 of a teen who was lost at sea, but whatever data they find is now going to the courts rather than the family, ABC News reports. Blu Stephanos contacted Apple for help accessing his son Austin’s phone after it was discovered aboard the 14-year-old’s ship, but Pam Cohen, mother of the other teen who went missing during the voyage, took the issue to court, fighting to have the phone handed over to experts instead.
An injunction signed by Cohen asserted that she has a legal right to information about what happened aboard the boat, adding that she wants the information “collected by technology experts who have the expertise required to extract such data without unnecessary risks of losing such information inadvertently or due to inexperience in such highly technical matters.” During an emergency hearing, the attorney for the Stephanos family said, “Apple has already agreed to take in the phone,” but now any evidence the company is able to obtain will be sealed and sent back to the court. Apple declined to comment.

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