"If Apple is forced to comply with the order, it could have unintended consequences for users of its devices, and could change international regard for cyber-security issues involving the American company, said Riana Pfefferkorn, a fellow at The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.
"If Apple agrees to write a special code for the U.S. government, what about China and Russia and other countries? That could deal a policy blow to America's stance that we are distinct in this area," she said in a telephone interview.
"(Foreign) governments would have a clearer path to ask Apple for assistance. If Apple helps the U.S. government, what is to stop other governments for asking for the same thing?""