WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is firing back at Apple for refusing to help unlock a phone used by one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino attack.
In a new motion Friday, federal prosecutors say the company has chosen to repudiate a judge’s order instead of following it.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
The department also says Apple designs its products to allow technology — “rather than the law” — to control access to critical data.
Prosecutors also make clear that Apple would be allowed to retain possession of the phone and technology.READ MORE: Police Search For 3 Suspects After Armed Carjacking In Oxford Circle
The motion offers a sharply worded response to a message that Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, said in a message to Apple customers this week.
It represents a further escalation in a public relations battle that the two sides are waging.MORE NEWS: 28-Year-Old Dead After Overnight Shooting In West Philadelphia: Police
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