“Does Apple CEO Tim Cook risk going to jail by opposing the US government request for help hacking into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone?” Steve LeVine asks for Quartz.

“Cook has said he’ll pursue the legal challenge as far as the US Supreme Court. That sounds courageous, and his stand patriotic,” LeVine writes. “But what he hasn’t said is whether he’s prepared to carry his defiance as far as other Americans who also have taken on the law.”

“It’s in fact not clear yet whether Cook could eventually be subject to jail for refusing a court order,” LeVine writes. “A judge could jail Cook for contempt as the case wends its way through the federal courts, that is if his lawyers couldn’t successfully argue against any penalties until the case reached its natural conclusion in the courts. But Stephen Vladeck, an expert on national security law at American University, told Quartz that it’s Apple as a corporation, and not Cook himself, that is potentially liable to a contempt charge.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Let’s see what Congress does first.

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