The latest developments in the battle between Apple and the federal government: March 17, 2016

The war between Apple and the feds regarding the unlocking/refusal to unlock a shooter’s iPhone continues unabated. Here’s a round-up of the latest developments:

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker, now a private lawyer, claims Apple is “arrogant” and that encryption is “oversold.” (He also compared Apple CEO Tim Cook to 1940s movie star, Doris Day (pictured). Go figure.


Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford and former special assistant to President Obama has written a blog post explaining why she believes it is legally impossible for the FBI to win its case against Apple.

As Apple filed its defense against the government on Monday, FBI Director James Comey was in Beijing, meeting with the head of China's surveillance state. According to state media reports, Comey and Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun discussed ways to "deepen law enforcement and security cooperation.” Bothare currently pressuring Apple to turn over the source code to iOS, as part of larger lawful access campaigns.