Following a bitter back and forth between Apple and federal investigators, the Cupertino company on Thursday filed a motion to vacate a court order demanding it unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The document, which is 65 pages long, takes a firm stance against the court order from last week.
Here is some of the document, in part:
This is not a case about one isolated iPhone. Rather, this is a case about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe. The government demands that Apple create a back door to defeat the encryption on the iPhone, making its users’ most confidential and personal information vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, hostile foreign agents, and unwarranted government surveillance.
Last week, a court order demanded Apple comply with investigators by creating a new version of iOS that would allow the FBI to use a brute force attack to break through the phone’s security. Apple’s worry is that such software will not only be abused by the government, but it could wind up in the wrong hands, putting all iPhone users around the world at risk.
Some of Silicon Valley’s highest-profile companies and figures have come out in support of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, who in an interview said an iOS backdoor would be “the software equivalent of cancer.”
In Apple’s motion, the company warns “it will only be a matter of days before some other prosecutor, in some other important case, before some other judge, seeks a similar order using this case as precedent.”