The centuries-old law the government wants to use to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone

February 17, 2016 8:31 PM

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The U.S. government and Apple are locked in a legal battle over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. But a new court order is throwing a law that dates to the days of the founding fathers into a high-tech debate over digital security.

On Tuesday, a U.S. magistrate judge in California ordered Apple to provide "reasonable technical assistance" to the government as it tries to bypass security features built into its products based on an interpretation of the "All Writs Act."

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