Apple showdown with FBI over terrorist’s iPhone reaches crucial stage

“It is up to Congress to legislate this issue,” added Albert Gidari, privacy director at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “I expect we will see proposals soon enough.”

As with the New York case, Pym’s ruling is expected to be a prelude to further maneuvering by Apple and the Justice Department. In fact, Stanford’s Gidari, citing the public posturing between the two sides, expects the FBI to try to force Apple to unlock the iPhone even if appeals are underway.

“Given the apparent bad blood and take-no-prisoners approach of the (Justice Department) here, I think it will be ugly,” he said."