HARDWARE FIRM Apple has filed its final filing at the courts and laid out its desires to preserve the security of the iPhone and its users.
The iPhone unlocking case has run on for a few weeks now and pulled a few characters into its storyline. For Apple, it has always been about protecting its software and the users that use it. For other, it has been about eating shoes.
According to Business Insider, the Cupertino company filed the papers on Tuesday. Those papers paint the Apple position, which is an awkward one because of the circumstances. The layers have it as, "a difficult context after a terrible tragedy."
Still, some of this is business, not personal, and Apple does not want to undo the security work it has done and does not want to open up users to the kind of backdoor action that it has been asked to unlock.
"But it is in just such highly-charged and emotional cases that the courts must zealously guard civil liberties and the rule of law and reject government overreaching," says the letter. "This Court should therefore deny the government's request and vacate the order,".
We have, of course, asked Apple for the horses mouth version of this, and are waiting. Apple has made its official noises in the direction of the public already, and has published a letter from Tim Cook in which it explains why it wants to preserve privacy and keep thin walls standing.
"We feel strongly that if we were to do what the government has asked of us - to create a backdoor to our products - not only is it unlawful, but it puts the vast majority of good and law abiding citizens, who rely on iPhone to protect their most personal and important data, at risk," wrote Cook.
"Our country has always been strongest when we come together. We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology, and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy, and personal freedoms. Apple would gladly participate in such an effort."
This will all come to a head on 22 March. µ
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