The FBI appears to be trying to avoid a court showdown with Apple over accessing encrypted data on an iPhone 5C, asking for, and obtaining, a delay in a hearing set for Tuesday (US time) apparently in order to test whether another method of gaining access to the data is viable.
The hearing set down for March 22 in the Apple-FBI stoush will see cross-examination of those who made court filings following a request made by the US Department of Justice.
Quiet discussions between the FBI and Apple over gaining access to data on an iPhone belonging to the employer of one of the terrorists involved in shooting dead 14 people in California were suddenly thrust into the public domain when the FBI obtained a court order on February 16, demanding that Apple meet its requests.
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