The Department of Justice has asked a California court to vacate its order compelling Apple to help the FBI gain access to an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. According to the DOJ, an outside party has demonstrated that it may be able to access the phone’s data without Apple’s assistance, The New York Times reports. Both sides were supposed to present their opening arguments in the case Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union’s Alex Abdo said, “This will only delay an inevitable fight over whether the government can force Apple to break the security of its devices.” A new poll reveals that users trust Apple to protect their privacy, but not any better than other tech giants, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee announced it is forming an encryption working group “to examine the complicated legal and policy issues surrounding encryption.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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