The latest developments in the battle between Apple and the federal government: March 16, 2016 (updated)

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:

In Apple's final response before a scheduled court hearing next week regarding the San Bernardino iPhone encryption case, the Cupertino, California-based company said the Department of Justice is making an unprecedented request that usurps due legal process, democratic policy and Constitutional rights. Apple’s legal team reasserted many of the same arguments posed in an initial response to the California court order, specifically limitations to the All Writs Act and potential infringement of Apple's First Amendment rights.

Apple is working to bolster its encryption so that it won’t be able to decode user information stored in iCloud, reports the Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” iCloud can now be configured to store daily device backups, messages, photos, notes and other data, much of which is accessible by Apple. However, the WSJ says the company wants to encrypt that data and restrict access to holders of user-created passkeys.

Fight for the Future, the group behind the protests outside the FBI headquarters and Apple stores last month, is planning another show of support for Apple’s fight to preserve encryption. The group is launching an online campaign,, to collect comments and signatures from Internet users opposed to government back doors. The comments will be read aloud outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Riverside, California, on March 22.