Apple believes Congress should decide iPhone privacy case

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Maybe Apple's lobbying will help it come to a swift resolution.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The current Apple vs. the FBI privacy case is fast becoming one of the biggest tech stories of 2016. But Apple clearly believes it ought to be elevated even higher — telling a federal judge this week that the case should be kicked up to Congress level, instead of being decided by courts.

Given that Apple spent close to $5 million lobbying Congress last year — mainly on tax and copyright issues — it has more influence at Congress level than it does at court level. On the minus side, having issues addressed by Congress is no guarantee of a swift resolution.

Apple’s current strategy is for its lead attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., to argue that the government’s request that Apple hack the iPhone as part of the current San Bernardino shooting case is unlawful under the 1789 All Writs Act, which is currently used to force companies to help law enforcement in investigations.

Apple will also argue that code should be protected as free speech.

Yesterday, pro-Apple public demonstrations took place in around 50 cities around the United States. You can read more about the fine details of this case courtesy of our handy FAQ page here.

Source: Associated Press