The fibers, purchasing a hack of doofus's work phone seems more like a crappy divorce settlement. They paid a ton, although not to a lawyer this time, and still didn't get to keep the house, the kids, the dog, or the cash...
'cause when he says ..."that a dual key solution would work. He says this with 100% confidence -- that if Apple and law enforcement had a shared key it would be "just like a safety deposit box."
Because it is a SAFE DEPOSIT BOX!
It is a little box, in a SAFE, a bank vault more specifically, that can be opened by a high school dropout, that has completed a correspondence course in "locksmithing" with a crappy battery powered drill motor, and a court order.
The only "safety" involved in the whole thing is the goggles the guy with the drill motor is hopefully wearing when he opens your box.
Outlaw all mobile phones other than Blackberry in the US.
Since Canada was/is able to access both (all two or three that were recently sent)"encrypted" messages sent on Blackberry devices, just mandate that the use of a non-Blackberry mobile device in the US or while communicating with a US person is now a capital crime.
When We outlaw the Sale, Importation, Transfer, and Possession of non-Blackberry mobile communication device in the US or by US persons world-wide, including the moon or anywhere else in Sol orbit the "encryption" problem will be solved, 'cause Canada will be able to access all of the messages, calls, texts, emails, photos (and we all know those are mostly 2AM dick-pics anyway), and forward them directly to the appropriate government agency, likely at least a trio of: NSA, FBI, & NYPD, we'll all be safer.
France has some Fantastic inheritance taxes, like 90% as I recall.
Perhaps this is a way to squeeze Mom and Dad's estate. Sue them at the end of their life for all of the embarrassing photos, They pay the lawyers, loose their cases and have to pay the kids, lawyers kick back to the kids, mom and dad kick off before having to go to jail. It's like Win-Win-Win!
Inheritance taxes, another thing that gets solved by the "Right to be Forgotten"