Bloomberg reports this evening that Apple is getting an extension on its Tuesday deadline to make a decision and respond to the court order asking them to aid the government in retrieving data off of an iPhone 5c used by one of the gunmen involved in the fatal San Bernardino shootings last December. Apple now has until February 26th to respond to the request in court.

Following the order from the court, Apple CEO Tim Cook replied with an open-letter saying that the request is an “unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.” With Cook being so vocal on the topic so quickly after the initial order, it’s hard to imagine Apple giving in the FBI’s request.

Originally, the company had 5 days to reply, making this coming Tuesday its deadline.

No matter what happens surrounding this issue, it will likely set a major precedent moving forward when it comes to user privacy versus national security. We’ve covered the topic in detail and you can view all of our coverage at the links below:

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