Citing FBI quest, Apple asks judge to delay iPhone data case

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple wants a Brooklyn judge to delay government demands for data from a locked iPhone linked to December's attack in San Bernardino, California, while the FBI sees if it can get contents without Apple's help.

Apple attorney Marc Zwillinger asked federal Judge Margo Brodie late Thursday to postpone deadlines until the FBI reports to a California judge in a similar case.

The government is scheduled to update a California judge on April 5 about its efforts to access iPhones without the company's assistance. Investigators want information from a phone used by a shooter who with his wife killed 14 people.

Apple's opposition to helping the government get phone data in the California attack and in a Brooklyn drug case has prompted a national debate over digital privacy rights and national security.