The federal court should throw out the FBI’s attempts to get it to break into an iPhone belonging to a known terrorist, Apple says,
According to the tech giant, such a move would represent ‘overreaching’ by the US government.
The company’s latest statement on a case which has dominated the tech headlines for over a month, forms part of its final legal document pertaining to its fight with the FBI and was filed ahead of a court date with US federal investigators on March 22nd.
In the document, Apple says the case arises in a difficult context after a terrible tragedy,” referring to the San Bernardino attacks last December that saw 14 people lose their lives.
An encrypted iPhone belonging to the terrorist responsible is at the centre of the case. Apple says it does not have the software to break into the phone and that doing so would set a dangerous precedent.
The Cupertino company added: “But it is in just such highly-charged and emotional cases that the courts must zealously guard civil liberties and the rule of law and reject government overreaching.
"This Court should therefore deny the government’s request and vacate the order.”
Apple says the FBI should not be able to use the 18th century All Writs Act to demand Apple open up the iPhone, dismissing that legislation as ‘a limited procedural tool’.