backs Apple over encryption fight - 4th March 2016
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Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and about a dozen other
internet companies will file a joint legal brief asking
a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle
with the US government.
will outline their rationale for supporting Apple
in an amicus brief on Thursday to the Riverside, California,
federal judge who will rule on Apple's appeal of a
court order that would force it to unlock an iPhone
associated with last December's shootings in San Bernardino.
advocacy groups The American Civil Liberties Union,
Access Now and the Wickr Foundation filed briefs on
Wednesday in support of Apple before Thursday's deadline
set by Judge Sheri Pym.
Kondoker, whose wife Anies Kondoker was injured in
the attack, also wrote on Apple's behalf, saying he
shared the company's fear that the software the government
wants Apple to create to unlock the phone could be
used to break into millions of other phones.
fight between Apple and the government became public
last month when the Federal Bureau of Investigation
obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new
software and take other measures to disable passcode
protection and give access to the iPhone that was
used by San Bernardino gunman Rizwan Farook.
pushed back, arguing such a move would set a dangerous
precedent and threaten customer security.
clash has intensified a long running debate over how
much law enforcement and intelligence officials should
be able to monitor digital communications.
enforcement officials have said that Farook and his
wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants
when they shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22
others last December at a holiday party.
and Malik were later killed in a shootout with police
and the FBI said it wants to read the data on Farook's
phone to investigate any links with militant groups.