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Apple Takes Swing at U.S. Over Demand to Help FBI Unlock iPhone

  • Court filing is last exchange ahead of hearing next week
  • Apple asks to retract order to create way into gunman’s phone
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Apple vs. FBI: Balancing Privacy and National Security

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Apple Inc. took a final swing at the Justice Department ahead of their first courtroom face-off over whether the company must help investigators unlock an iPhone used by a gunman killed in a police shoot-out.

Apple reiterated its arguments that Congress should decide what cooperation law enforcement can demand in criminal investigations and that the government is imposing an “unprecedented and offensive” burden on the company. Apple said in a court filing Tuesday that forcing it to create software to degrade iPhone security features would inevitably endanger the privacy of hundreds of millions of people.