Apple Gets Support From Microsoft, Google & Facebook In FBI Legal Battle
We reported earlier that Apple decided to contest the FBI in a court order asking the tech giant to unlock an extremist’s iPhone. Reports now claim that other big players like Microsoft, Google and Facebook decided to join the rally in support of Apple against the government.Advertisement
There might be other contenders such as Amazon.com and Twitter who are expected to join in the submission in court. More companies are expected to join the rally in the future.
Apple was ordered by the Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to help the FBI by creating software that could decode the password of the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist. Syed Farook went on a shooting spree along with his wife in California last December. The FBI thinks that there could be hidden information in the terrorist’s phone that could be useful for the government. However, Apple denied any kind of assistance to the matter.
Apple argued that the issue is not about a single iPhone, but the concern lies in the FBI and Department of Justice seeking a dangerous power. The appeal made by Apple included “seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe,” reports PCWorld.
According to the Cupertino-based company, the government is forcing the company to create government operating system that could violate the First and Fifth Amendment rights, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple’s decision to contest the government came hours after FBI Director James Comey explained to the House Committee that it is impossible to match the encryption and it is “the hardest question I’ve seen in government.”
Now that Apple is receiving support from other companies in the IT world, a spokewoman commented, “The industry is aligned on this issue and Facebook is participating in a joint submission with other technology companies.”
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