Apple’s public statement on why it will defy a Federal Magistrate Judge’s order that it create software to hack its own encryption is well worth a read. Apple has done a beautiful job of explaining in plain English the danger of complying with this order.
Adding to what Apple had to say, give some thought to what can happen after this order if it’s allowed to stand. If a court can use an Act from 1789 to order Apple to create new technology to help in this case, what would stop a court from ordering a Kevlar manufacturer to create better body armor for police, or a gun manufacturer to create a specific type of weapon, or….? The potential implications have no end.
Read more about my thoughts on this over at Lawyerist.com where I wrote today on why I think this order is a great danger to our civil liberties and to national security.