Apple Gains Support from Tech Giants in its Stance Against the FBI
Apple's tough battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. may be taking a toll on the Cupertino company, but last month, the company discovered that it was not alone in its fight to protect the iPhone's security.
Many companies showed their support when they pledged to stand besides Apple in their fight for consumer privacy. The companies, which include the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, gathered last month to file a joint amicus brief, so as to join Apple in its defiance against the FBI's request for Apple to create a backdoor OS that would allow the law enforcement agency the ability to break into the iPhone belonging to the suspect involved in the San Bernardino case.
The support comes just after Twitter, Airbnb, LinkedIn, and 13 other companies also filed a separate joint amicus brief, along with Intel and AT&T submitting their own filing on the matter of privacy.
"The government is not just asking companies to do what they do in the normal course of business; the government is asking companies to change how they do business," they said in their filing. But while they noted that they don't have any sympathy for terrorists, the companies added that "cell phones are the way we organize and remember the things that are important to us; they are, in a very real way, an extension of our memories. And as a result, to access someone's cell phone is to access their innermost thoughts and their most private affairs."
Apple's battle against the FBI just got a little easier, thanks to the support from big companies. (Image source: Wired.)