US Senate panel decides against criminal charges should Apple fail to comply with court order

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr today ruled against a proposal that would introduce criminal penalties for companies refusing to comply with encryption-related court orders. The ruling today comes as a bit of a surprise as Burr himself penned a strongly-worded op-ed in USA Today just yesterday criticizing Apple for seeking protection from the legal system while at the same time refusing to comply with it when it could impact its bottom line. Apple’s position in the San Bernardino case affirms that it has wrongly chosen to prioritize its business model above compliance with a lawfully issued court order. While the company may…

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