James Orenstein, a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, has declined to approve an application by the government for a court order pursuant to the All Writs Act directing Apple Inc. to help execute a federal search warrant by unlocking an encrypted smartphone lawfully seized by the authorities.  Instead, in In Re Requiring Apple, Inc. To Assist In The Execution Of A Search Warrant Issued By This Court, Judge Orenstein encouraged further discussion on the matter, directing Apple to “submit its views in writing” on whether compliance with the government’s request would be “unduly burdensome.”  Even though the U.S. government has said it will not seek legislation prohibiting manufacturers from installing unbreakable encryption on their phones, it has reserved the right to seek assistance in getting around encryption where possible.  This case may therefore have some influence on how courts address such requests in the future.