Apple claims that forcing it to unlock an iPhone violates the First Amendment

Apple claims that forcing it to unlock an iPhone violates the First AmendmentThats the opening line of Apples motion to overturn an order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects.

The motion continues:

This case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe.

Apple makes many claims in the motion, but the most striking is that the US governments request would violate the first amendment of the US constitution.

The governments request here creates an unprecedented burden on Apple and violates Apples First Amendment rights against compelled speech, as discussed below The government asks this Court to command Apple to write software that will neutralize safety features that Apple has built into the iPhone in response to consumer privacy concerns. This amounts to compelled speech and viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.

In a summary of the motion, Apple said it has been cooperating with authorities and called the governments order unprecedented. The company wrote:

No court has ever granted the government power to force companies like Apple to weaken its security systems to facilitate the governments access to private individuals information.

Source: Quartz
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