US accuses Apple of 'false,' 'corrosive' rhetoric in FBI dispute

The US Justice Department has described American tech giant Apple’s rhetoric in the iPhone encryption case as “false” and “corrosive” of institutions that safeguard rights.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and American tech giant Apple have been engaged in a row over FBI’s claims that it cannot break into an  iPhone 5c belonging to one of the terrorists in a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California last year.

The tech giant has argued that the FBI’s demand to roll back data protections to iOS 7 in the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook would give authorities the chance to access other iPhones as well.

Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, raided a Department of Public Health training event and holiday party on December 2, 2015, killing 14 dead and injuring 22.

Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, has argued that creating a tool to unlock the phone would weaken the security of hundreds of millions of Apple devices, according…

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