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Here Are the Legal Generals Behind Apple's Brawl With the FBI

  • Ex-government prosecutor shapes tech giant's privacy pushback
  • Its 500 lawyers needed help from veteran of secret U.S. court
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Twitter, Airbnb, eBay Join Apple's Encryption Debate

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Moments before Apple Inc. attorney Bruce Sewell stepped out to face hostile Congressional questioning this week, his own lawyer frowned.

“Have you got collar stays?” asked the attorney, Marc Zwillinger. When Sewell confessed no, Zwillinger flipped up his own shirt collar and handed over the stays. As Sewell told Congress that complying with a government order to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone would “create a risk for everybody who owns an iPhone,” the collar points of his blue shirt were militarily correct.