Apple has been served a search warrant from Texas Rangers for the iCloud data from the deceased Sutherland Springs gunman, Devin Patrick Kelly, who killed 26 people in a church in Texas.
The search warrant covers all the files and data stored in Kelley’s iCloud Account and the law enforcement agency are also seeking for messages and phone call information dating back to 1st Jan 2016 along with Photos, Videos, and other data too.
Another search warrant will allow the law enforcement agency to independently look for the data on an iPhone SE which was found near the shooter’s body.
These warrants were obtained after the FBI complained that the strong encryption prevented it from accessing the shooter’s phone.
Apple’s policies are that it will share iCloud data with any law enforcement agency as long as there is/are valid search warrant(s).
Depending on how frequently the shooter created backups using iCloud, there may be additional information on his iPhone too but Apple has denied past requests to access any device directly.
Such an incident happened in 2016 when Apple refused to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter named Syed Farook and FBI hacked its way into the phone.
FBI has said that strong encryption is making it very difficult for the FBI to investigate crimes.
Apple received a warrant for the iCloud content only and will have to provide the iCloud data to the law enforcement. It didn’t receive any warrant for iCloud or iPhone data.
However, a general warrant was issued separately to allow the law enforcement to access the phone and the data on it.