Report: 5 Tech Firms Support Apple Stance on Customer Data Protection

mobile-securityFive technology companies back Apple‘s resistance to help the FBI unlock an iPhone to assist in the investigation of a shooting incident that took place in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, Mashable reported Thursday.

Seth Fiegerman writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has argued the de-encryption tool being demanded by federal authorities could set a “dangerous” precedent and compromise the security and privacy of many consumers worldwide.

Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter plan to file legal briefs in support of the iPhone maker, Mashable reports.

“We at Microsoft support Apple, and we’ll be filing an amicus brief to support Apple’s position in court next week,” Brad Smith, president and chief legal counsel of Microsoft, told lawmakers during a congressional hearing Thursday, the report said.

Fiegerman noted some observers think Apple’s resistance will affect citizen protection efforts.

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