The latest developments in the battle between Apple and the federal government: March 9, 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:

Overall, Americans asked about the case are equally divided as to whether national security interests outweigh privacy concerns, according to a poll of registered voters released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, asked respondents which scenario concerned them more: that the US won't go far enough in monitoring terror suspects' communications, or that the government would go too far and violate the privacy of its citizens. Overall, 47% said they feared the government wouldn't go far enough in protecting national security, while 44% feared it would intrude too far into citizens' privacy.

Activists supporting the Black Lives Matter and other civil rights movement causes argue Apple's ongoing encryption duel with the FBI has serious free speech implications.The open letter to Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, posted to Apple's website, warns of the negative repercussions.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI’s attempt to to force Apple to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone is a sham. “The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’” to unlock the phone, he said during a discussion at Common Cause’s Blueprint for Democracy conference.