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Apple backs idea for panel to study technology and national security

Apple backs idea for panel to study technology and national security

Apple, which is battling a legal order to help the FBI open a terrorist's encrypted iPhone, urged the government to back down Monday, calling instead for a panel of experts to study encryption and privacy concerns.

The proposed commission would issue a report only if it was created by Congress. It thus would have no direct effect on Apple's standoff with the FBI, which now is in federal court in Riverside.

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Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), a member of...

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