Founding fathers of US would be 'appalled' by government iPhone request, says Apple

 A New York City police officer stands across the street from Apple Store on 5th Ave in New York, March 11, 2016.
A New York City police officer stands across the street from Apple Store on 5th Ave in New York, March 11, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - In Apple's final brief before a court hearing next week in its clash with the US government over an encrypted iPhone, the company on Tuesday said the US founding fathers "would be appalled" by the Department of Justice's request.

The dispute between Apple and the government burst into the open last month, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to the phone of one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, Rizwan Farook.

Apple said current law does not allow the government's request.

Additionally, Apple senior vice-president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the government has never provided any government with its proprietary source code, according to a sworn statement filed in court.