Apple Draws Attention to New Products by Fighting Centuries-Old Law

Apple drew attention to its privacy-friendly practices when it refused to comply with a warrant demanding that it access data on a customer’s cell phone. In 2015, Apple received a court order to provide data from an iPhone based on the two-hundred-year-old “All Writs Act.” Rather than complying, Apple challenged the order in court. Apple’s action earned it—and its new encrypted-by-default iPhones—widespread media attention.

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