The latest developments in the battle between Apple and the federal government: March 10, 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:

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, warned that if the FBI gets its way, Apple might be forced to use an iPhone's camera or microphone to spy on people. In a Spanish-language interview broadcast on Univision on Wednesday, he defended Apple's refusal to cooperate with a court order asking it to help the FBI extract data from an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

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Technology companies such as Apple could face civil penalties for refusing to comply with court orders to help investigators access encrypted data under draft legislation nearing completion in the U.S. Senate, unnamed “sources familiar with continuing discussions” told Reuters. The long-awaited legislation from Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be introduced as soon as next week, one of the sources said.

In a somewhat related note, French parliamentarians have adopted an amendment to a penal reform bill that would punish companies like Apple that refuse to provide decrypted versions of messages their products have encrypted. The Guardian reports: "The controversial amendment, drafted by the rightwing opposition, stipulates that a private company which refuses to hand over encrypted data to an investigating authority would face up to five years in jail and a €350,000 (£270,000) fine."