In a new filing, the U.S. Department of Justice is accusing Apple of “deliberately” raising “technological barriers” to make it difficult for the FBI to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.
The battle continues
The saga began in February when Apple was ordered by a California judge to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone 5c used by terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. He was one of the shooters that killed 14 people during an attack at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health in late 2015.
Apple has vocally opposed the order and has been supported by a number of other tech company executives.
Here’s more from the DOJ filing, via CNBC:
“Here, Apple deliberately raised technological barriers that now stand between a lawful warrant and an iPhone containing evidence related to the terrorist mass murder of 14 Americans. Apple alone can remove those barriers so that the FBI can search the phone, and it can do so without undue burden,” the DOJ wrote in the filing.
In the filling, the DOJ also accuses Apple of “false” and “corrosive” rhetoric.
The complete filing can be viewed here.
Apple is scheduled to next be in court later this month to oppose the ruling.