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Judge suggests DOJ wants Apple to work for government by unlocking encrypted iPhone

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    When Apple and the DOJ were back in court Monday, arguing over Apple’s refusal to unlock an iPhone seized by law enforcement during an investigation, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein told government attorneys, “What you're asking them [Apple] to do is do work for you.”

    But Justice Department attorney Saritha Komatireddy argued that it has compelled Apple to unlock at least 70 devices since 2008. The government believes it has the power to force Apple to comply under the All Writs Act. Just Security explained, “Under the government’s interpretation of the All Writs Act, anyone who makes software could be dragooned into assisting the government in investigating users of the software. If the court adopts this view, it would give investigators immense power.”

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