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After many attorney hours and substantial lawyer fees, the court order for Apple to help the FBI is suspended

Virginia criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer on the now-suspended court order for Apple to help the FBI crack the iPhone's password protection

Mar 23, 2016 After many attorney hours and substantial lawyer fees, the court order for Apple to help the FBI is suspended

Litigation can be high stakes, and the federal government does not want unnecessarily to be on the losing side of this year’s heated litigation over a federal magistrate judge’s order requiring Apple to help the FBI crack through the iPhone’s password protection. The federal government found a way to prevent that by earlier this week successfully getting the order suspended (see the government’s motion) pending the government’s working with another company that has offered the FBI its help.

Who is this FBI-helping company that is going against the tide of technology companies opposing the subpoena? Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth points to Cellebrite as the likely company assisting the FBI in trying to crack the iPhone’s password.

The court directed the government to provide a status on the matter by April 5, 2016.

In the meantime, I have by now uploaded all party briefs (and also here) and friend of the court briefs in this case, and have uploaded all attachments to Apple’s reply brief. The latest court docket entries are here. The arguments made by Apple and its supporting amici parties may come in useful in the future.

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