“Ordering Apple to access data against its will would be akin to making a reluctant drug company carry out a lethal injection, a US judge has said,” BBC News reports.

“Judge James Orenstein was hearing a US government request to make it retrieve information from a locked iPhone seized by law enforcement officers. On Monday, the judge expressed doubt that he had the authority to do so,” The Beeb reports. “Referring to the US Department of Justice’s request for him to order Apple to help it unlock the phone, the judge said: ‘What you’re asking [Apple] to do is do work for you.’ And he compared the request to a hypothetical one in which the government was asking him to order a drug company to take part in an execution against its conscientious objection.”

“Apple has argued that the order the government is seeking would be burdensome, in part because of the erosion of its customers’ trust,” The Beeb reports. “The company also said it lacked the technical ability to unlock phones running its newer operating systems, iOS8 and iOS9, though the phone at issue in the case runs an older system.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Again:

Because the U.S. government spooks trampled all over the U.S. Constitution, constantly demanding that Apple grant access to customers devices, Apple decided to remove themselves for the equation. And so, the government reaps what it hath sown. We guess law enforcement will have to get off their asses and do some old-fashioned leg work if they want to crack cases.

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