SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING: Apple opposes order to unlock shooter's iPhone

"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?""