Quoted: DOJ says Apple not above law, is concerned about its business and marketing

“Apple is not above the law… and it is perfectly capable of advising consumers that compliance with a discrete and limited court order founded on probable cause is an obligation of a responsible member of the community.”

the Justice Department, in a filing Friday asking a federal judge to force Apple to comply with an order to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the killers in the San Bernardino mass shooting.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had said earlier this week that the company would not comply with an order issued Tuesday, setting up a historic battle amid the rising concerns about national security, terrorism — and privacy. Reports today indicated Apple would have till next Friday to submit a response in court.

The DOJ also questioned Apple’s motives, saying its refusal “appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy.”

The Mercury News’ Howard Mintz is covering this developing news. Check his story for updates.

Photo of Apple icon by Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group


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