“Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford and former special assistant to President Obama has written a blog post setting out the reason why she believes it is legally impossible for the FBI to win its case,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “The piece is entitled ‘The Law is Clear: The FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite its OS.'”
Lovejoy reports, “While the FBI is relying on an extremely broad interpretation of the All Writs Act, Crawford points out that it is an accepted principle that specific laws take precedence over more general ones – and there is a specific law which outlaws what the FBI is asking for.”
“That law is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA),” Lovejoy reports. “CALEA grants the government a lot of wiretapping powers, she says, but also clearly sets out the limits to those powers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we remakred about this last month when Apple cited CALEA:
Apple: The law already exists that protects us from U.S. government demands to hack iPhone – February 26, 2016