The Department of Justice has now filed a motion asking a federal court to require Apple to help the FBI hack a cell phone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects. DOJ motion vs. Apple
A federal magistrate gave Apple five business days to respond to her order, released on Tuesday, but the Justice Department decided not to wait. In its Motion, the DOJ argues that Apple should be ordered to help the government because it serves the ends of justice in a major terrorism investigation. The Government admits, however that there is no statute which addresses the particular issue, but it says the Court still has the power to act.
The government also argues that Apple’s recalcitrance appears to be based on nothing more than “its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy.Apple has attempted to design and market its products to allow technology, rather than the law, to control access to data which has been found by this Court to be warranted for an important investigation,” the Justice Department states. “Despite its efforts, Apple nonetheless retains the technical ability to comply with the Order, and so should be required to obey it.”