Apple Refuses Court Order to Unlock iPhone
Although a court order was recently filed that required Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, Apple doesn't want to open that bag of worms. Apple filed a motion today attempting to overturn that court order based on several key grounds.
Apple argues that even though the court order only applies to the San Bernardino case, it sets a terrible precedent, and it will only be a matter of time before the floodgate of unlocking requests opens. They also claim that their code counts as protected speech under the First Amendment and they are under no obligation to assist in breaking their own encryption.
The 63-page brief Apple filed as part of their motion concluded with "While the government's desire to maximize security is laudable, the decision of how to do so while also protecting other vital interests, such as personal safety and privacy, is for American citizens to make through the democratic process." A sentiment echoed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who believes that Congress, not courts should be making these decisions.
Apple doesn't stand alone either. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon all plan to file amicus briefs supporting Apple. The situation will all come to a head on March 22 when the FBI and Apple are scheduled to have their public hearing.