Apple’s Biggest Supporters in Its Court Battle Against the FBI

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Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies will be supporting Apple in its court battle against the FBI. These companies will file letters to the court by March 3, stating that they stand with Apple.

The fight between Apple and the government burst into the open last week when the FBI obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to shooter Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.

Microsoft is the first supporter for Apple,  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, “Microsoft believes Apple is right that the courts should not force it to write code that would help the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone” Brad Smith ( Microsoft Chief Legal Officer) said.

Microsoft suggests that Congress should draft updated laws that address how technology companies should work with law enforcement when a suspect’s data was encrypted.

“Put simply, we do not believe that courts should seek to resolve issues of 21st century technology with law that was written in the era of the adding machine,” Smith said. “We need 21st-century laws that address 21st-century technology issues. And we need these laws to be written by Congress.”

The tense fight between Apple and the government have set off a debate about security, privacy and encryption.

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No matter what the magistrate-judge rules, it is widely expected that the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court.