In the latest development in the battle between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Apple has filed an appeal.
The dispute with federal regulators is over federal investigators demanding Apple create software to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the terrorists who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.
Last month. U.S. District Court Magistrate Sheri Pym issued an order under the two-century-old All Writs Act, requiring Apple to disable a self-destruct feature that might be engaged on the iPhone 5c used by shooter Syed Farook. Doing so would make it easier and faster for the FBI to get the phone’s passcode
Apple has filed an order objecting to the ruling which might send the case to a higher court, to a Senate-confirmed, life-tenure US District Court judge.
Apple has won support from the American Civil Liberties Union which has failed an amicus brief in federal court supporting Apple in the San Bernardino case, citing security and privacy concerns.
According to the ACLU, the court order demanding Apple create software to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters is unprecedented, unlawful and unconstitutional.
“The government’s theory threatens a radical transformation of the relationship between the government and the governed,” the ACLU said. “Law enforcement may not commandeer innocent third parties into becoming its undercover agents, its spies, or its hackers.”