Apple formally responds to FBI unlock order, as Microsoft voices its support for Apple

From the moment last week when Apple was ordered to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone related to the 2015 San Bernardino Inland Regional Center attack, the company made its position clear: it would resist efforts that would force it to create new software that undermined the security of its operating system. And while Apple’s unwillingness to comply has been in the headlines ever since, the company still needed to make its stance official. Today it does just that, filing a 65-page motion asking the court to vacate its earlier order.

In its motion, Apple lays out its case for why the government should not be able to “conscript and commandeer” the company into creating new software that’s contrary to its interests. The mere act of creating this software, it argues, even with the court intending it to be used for a single case, threatens to weaken the security of Apple users everywhere.

It’s still going to be about a month before we learn how the court reacts to this new motion, but in the meantime Apple’s picking up a new supporter, as Microsoft prepares to file its own amicus brief.

This follows comments made by Bill Gates earlier this week that appeared to take the FBI’s position in the matter, though Gates would later be quoted as saying he was “disappointed” in the way he was depicted as holding a pro-FBI stance.

Microsoft itself, though, considers its place squarely in Apple’s camp, and the brief it intends to file next week will make that position known to the court.

Source: 9to5 Mac, Bloomberg

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