A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to help the government in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The Dec. 2 shootings left 14 people dead.

Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in a “customer letter” posted on its website late Tuesday why the company is opposing this first-of-its-kind ruling:

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.”We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.


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