Apple files formal objection to court order in phone unlocking case

Apple has filed a formal objection to a California court's order that would require the company to assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone 5c of one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects. The short objection, filed with the Central District Court in California, follows Apple's previous motion to vacate the order.

In an abundance of caution, to the extent Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 59, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72, and/or Local Civil Rule 72-2.1 are applicable in this case, Apple Inc. ("Apple"), by and through its counsel of record, hereby formally objects to the Court's February 16, 2016 Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search (ED No. 15-451M, Dkt. 19) for the reasons set forth in Apple's Motion to Vacate Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search, and Opposition to Government's Motion to Compel Assistance (ED No. CM 16-10-SP, Dkt. 16).

According to NBC, the same court will hear from both Apple and the FBI on this case on March 22.

The clash between the FBI and Apple over unlocking this phone went to Congress earlier this week, when representatives from Apple and the FBI both testified about the case, and encryption policy in general to the House Judiciary Committee.

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