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Friday 2 December 2016

Apple continues to fight US over privacy

Chris Strohm

Published 10/04/2016 | 02:30

This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows an anti-government protester holding up his iPhone with a sign
This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows an anti-government protester holding up his iPhone with a sign "No Entry" during a demonstration near the Apple store in New York. Photo: AFP/Getty

Apple's fight over privacy with the US isn't over yet, even after the federal government dropped a demand for the company's help in accessing a Californian Isil mass killer's iPhone because someone else had found a way to crack it.

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Washington has said it will keep fighting to get the company's help in getting data off a phone in Brooklyn, New York that belonged to a drug dealer because Apple had provided assistance in accessing such devices earlier. In a court filing on Friday, the government said it was going ahead with an appeal of a judge's order, denying its request for Apple's help.

The battle between the world's most valuable tech company and the US government over encryption and data privacy has sparked a global debate, with dozens of companies and organisations siding with Apple, while law enforcement has generally taken the government's side.

FBI boss James Comey has called it the most difficult issue he has faced in government. Politicians are also split on the issue.

Donald Trump had called for an Apple boycott over its refusal to help.

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