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San Bernardino victims to join debate on Apple encryption




FukeL People walk outside the Apple store on the Fifth Avenue in New York on Feb. 17, 2016.
Apple's challenge of a court order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers opens up a new front in the long-running battle between technology companies and the government over encryption.
FukeL People walk outside the Apple store on the Fifth Avenue in New York on Feb. 17, 2016. Apple's challenge of a court order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers opens up a new front in the long-running battle between technology companies and the government over encryption.
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Some of the victims of the San Bernardino attacks are poised to enter the frought debate about privacy and counter-terrorism. According to Reuters, victims of the December attack in San Bernardino are planning to file a legal brief in the case in support of the government's claim.

On Friday the Department of Justice joined calls to force Apple to assist with the unlocking of the iphone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The DOJ told a judge Apple's refusal was "a marketing strategy" rather than a legal argument. Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook has called the government's move a "chilling attack" on privacy and Internet security.

For more, we're joined by Dan Levine, legal correspondent with Reuters.