Google won a major court victory Thursday against Apple over the unlocking of iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in New York ruled that the search giant is entitled to an injunction preventing Apple from locking down its devices without an iPhone user’s permission.
The ruling, by Judge Thomas Griffith, is the latest blow to the tech giant’s long-standing defense of unlocking iPhones and iPads, which it said would make it easier for criminals and terrorists to access the devices.
Griffith wrote in the decision that the court has long held that “the search function on the product is designed to permit the identification of the user.”
It was not immediately clear how the ruling will impact Apple’s case against Google in the U.K., which has been the subject of litigation since January.
Google has repeatedly said it does not lock down devices without the user’s consent, and has argued that unlocking devices without a court order will make it harder for investigators to track down suspects.
Griffith was appointed to the federal court in 2007.
Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and has said it was founded to create an open platform for innovation.
In its latest court filing, Google said that it is disappointed with the court’s ruling.
“We believe the decision will lead to more harm than good for the many innocent people who are innocent in this case and in other cases across the world,” the search company said.