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Apple-DOJ faceoff gets testier

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 01:02

Apple says the U.S. founding fathers ''would be appalled'' by the Justice Department's request to unlock an encrypted iPhone. Fred Katayama reports.

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The fight between Apple and the Justice Department keeps getting testier. Apple charges in its final legal brief that the U.S. founding fathers "would be appalled" by Justice's request to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. It said that even Congress had declined to give Justice the power to force Apple to help unlock the phone. The Justice Department said it looks forward to responding in court. In this showdown pitting privacy against security, the FBI wants to access the data on the phone to try to find out whether the shooters had contacts with militant groups before they killed 14 people in December. The government claims Apple is using its refusal to cooperate as a marketing ploy to showcase its commitment to privacy. Apple points out that not a single one of its 1,800 ads for its iOS 8 operating system has promoted its software's ability to block access to law enforcement requests. The two sides face off in court on Tuesday.

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Apple-DOJ faceoff gets testier

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 01:02