The latest developments in the battle between Apple and the federal government: March 7, 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:

Craig Federighi (pictured), senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, has published an opinion in the Washington Post defending the company's position for refusing to weaken security on its products. “The encryption technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers,” he says.

NYPD counter-terrorism chief John Miller told the Daily News that Apple’s controversial iPhone encryption policy is helping criminals. “I still don’t know what made [Apple] change their minds and decide to actually design a system that made them not able to aid the police,” he said.

Another amicus brief has been filed in support of Apple. It’s been submitted by Lavabit, a technology company that previously judged it necessary to shutter its own service after receiving similarly “extraordinary” government demands for assistance to access user data, in the wake of the 2013 disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.