Apple Files Formal Objection to Demand That It Help the FBI Hack the iPhone

Apple Files Formal Objection to Demand That It Help the FBI Hack the iPhone

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Apple has filed formal objections to an order that it help the FBI hack an iPhone, reports Politico. The company previously filed a motion to vacate the order; however, with this filing the company likely escalates the dispute to a Senate-confirmed, life-tenure U.S. District Court judge.

Under court rules, the company could have waived its right to protest to Pym's order if it did not file the formal objections by the end of the day Tuesday, two weeks after the magistrate issued the Feb. 16 demand. It was not immediately clear whether Apple's move would disrupt the schedule Pym set for various briefs in the case in the next two weeks, followed by a hearing on March 22.

The Justice Department is trying to force Apple to unlock iPhones using the two-century-old All Writs Act. In this case, U.S. District Court Magistrate Sheri Pym approved an ex parte order that demanded Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Another judge in New York, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, rejected the Justice Department's argument that the 18th century All Writs Act can be used to force Apple to hack the iPhone in a comprehensive 50-page order. He noted that issues of 21st century privacy and technology should not be based on such an old law.

Yesterday, Apple and the FBI argued their opposing views on the need for encryption before Congress.

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Apple Files Formal Objection to Demand That It Help the FBI Hack the iPhone
Bob Dole - March 2, 2016 at 6:17pm
And then you have people that comment like this... Lol
Onnier - March 2, 2016 at 3:21pm
in one way or another. apple is supporting terrorism , no one in this country should refuse to give info to the FBI , for national security purposes .
Seriously? - March 2, 2016 at 3:58pm
What is so terroristic about this? Apple ID trying to prove why security is mainly why people love iPhone.
Jedediah Johnson - March 2, 2016 at 9:23pm
The Nazis had that same mentality and brainwashed the citizens of the country to think this way. For the "Fatherland" they said. Basically the same thing the government says today. It's your obligation they say. There's only one ending this crap is going to evolve too. Giving up all rights and security.
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