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In a case that could bear on the current controversial dispute between Apple and the federal government over helping to get into the locked cell phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, a federal judge ruled yesterday (February 29th) in a drug case that the Justice Department can’t force Apple to provide access to locked iPhone data.

The government relied in the drug case on the same 1789 law it’s trying to use to compel Apple to comply in the San Bernardino case.

The judge rejected the government’s claims that Apple is only concerned with public relations, saying he found no limit on how far the government would go to require a person or company to violate deeply-held values.

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