WASHINGTON:- Apple Inc, fighting a demand by the US government that it unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, has called for the creation of a government commission or panel of experts to discuss the implications of the demand on issues such as national security and personal freedoms. “Apple would gladly participate in such an effort,” the company wrote in a post on its website entitled “Answers to your questions about Apple and security”. Apple said “the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands” to unlock the phone.–Reuters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the company’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone by disabling some of its passcode protections. Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a holiday party in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2, killing 14 people and injuring 22. The pair were killed later in a shootout with police.