Apple previously had been given three extra days to respond to the order, with a Feb. 26 deadline. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech executives denounced a court order this week amid a renewed debate over how much access tech companies should give authorities to investigate or prevent attacks.
The Justice Department filed a motion Friday to compel Apple to assist investigators in accessing data on the Apple iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the 2015 attack, which left 14 people dead. The phone is owned by Farook's former employer, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.The department has agreed to allow investigators to search the device.
"Apple's current refusal to comply with the court's order, despite the technical feasibility of doing so, instead appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy," the motion said.