Magistrate Judge Orenstein denied a government request under the All Writs Act to force Apple to unlock an iPhone. Judge Orenstein stated "the government's construction of the [All Writs Act] produces absurd results in application." The ruling comes the day before a Congressional hearing to address recent efforts to force Apple to decrypt iPhones. Apple is opposing a court order in another case that would require the company to make changes to the iPhone to enable government access. In 2015, EPIC gave the Champion of Freedom Award to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, for his work protecting privacy and promoting encryption.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler