Apple likely to invoke free-speech rights in encryption fight

February 19, 2016 6:21 AM

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NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will likely seek to invoke the United States' protections of free speech as one of its key legal arguments in trying to block an order to help unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, lawyers with expertise in the subject said this week.

The company on Thursday was granted three additional days by the court to file a response to the order. Apple will now have until Feb. 26 to send a reply, a person familiar with matter told Reuters.

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