Maricopa official: No more iPhones for employees

Apple takes on FBI over order to hack an iPhone
Apple takes on FBI over order to hack an iPhone

One Arizona county is taking issue with Apple's refusal to help law enforcement unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.

Maricopa County said in a statement issued Wednesday that it will no longer give Apple (AAPL) devices to employees who need replacements or are eligible for upgrades.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery made the announcement publicly on Wednesday, but employees were informed of the change on Sunday.

"I don't expect my action to affect Apple's stock price," Montgomery said in a statement. "But I cannot in good conscience support doing business with an organization that chooses to thwart an active investigation into a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of fourteen fellow citizens. If Apple wants to be the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals, there will be a consequence."

The Maricopa County Attorney's office currently uses 564 smartphones -- 366 of which are iPhones.

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Montgomery said Apple's refusal to cooperate puts the company "on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety." He added that it had nothing to do with protecting customers' privacy and was little more than a publicity stunt.

Montgomery also said Apple was ignoring the 4th Amendment.

Maricopa County has the fourth-largest population in the U.S. -- over 4 million residents.

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