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Rochester police could get iPhone cracking tool

16 hours ago

Rochester police are adding a new iPhone cracking tool to their arsenal that has sparked privacy concerns around the country.

The tool is called GrayKey, a small, gray box that enables its users to unlock passcodes in the most up-to-date iOS devices, giving law enforcement access to personal files as part of an investigation.

City Council is set to vote Tuesday on allocating $19,000 for a one-year GrayKey contract.

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