Apple asks judge to vacate order on locked iPhone

“Apple Inc. on Thursday asked a federal magistrate to reverse her order that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone, accusing the federal government of seeking ‘dangerous power’ through the courts and of promoting a ‘boundless’ interpretation of the law,” Eric Tucker reports for The Associated Press. “The filing represents Apple’s first official response since the judge’s order last week and builds upon arguments voiced by the company’s chief executive and supporters.”

“The Justice Department is proposing a ‘boundless interpretation’ of the law that, if left unchecked, could bring disastrous repercussions for digital privacy, the company warned in a memo submitted to Magistrate Sheri Pym,” Tucker reports. “‘The government says: ‘Just this once’ and ‘Just this phone.’ But the government knows those statements are not true,’ lawyers for Apple wrote… The filing was made the same day that FBI Director James Comey defended the government’s approach during separate appearances on Capitol Hill, where he stressed that the agency was seeking specialized software for only one phone as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation.”

“‘No court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it,’ Apple said,” Tucker reports. “It accused the government of working under a closed courtroom process under the auspices of a terrorism investigation of trying ‘to cut off debate and circumvent thoughtful analysis.'”

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  1. “The government says: ‘Just this once’ and ‘Just this phone.’ But the government knows those statements are not true,” lawyers for Apple wrote.

    Please baby let me in just this once…

    “But abortions are immoral”…

  2. I stand for security but also on principles. Is Apple position on principles, or different than AAPL ?
    Lets see. Would Apple stand be the same if China request he same iphone break in, if AAPL would be banned from chinese market if Apple does not comply?
    I say that AAPL would comply ASAP. Apple and AAPL are not risking anything in the US stand. Their standing actually helps their PR. But losing access to the chinese market?

      1. How so? Apple and other corporations that have essentially outsourced all their manufacturing are now entirely dependent on China to provide cheap labor. The costs of a sudden manufacturing interruption for any reason would destroy any manufacturer without diversified & distributed manufacturing capability. But as we all know, modern manufacturers have relentlessly put all their eggs into the “lean” mantra, sole-sourcing production to the cheapest manufacturer in China they can find. Apple may not be the worst offender, but it is clearly vulnerable to whatever happens in China.

        Apple is more dependent on the PRC than the PRC is of Apple.

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