“A wave of prominent technology companies and individuals began formally backing Apple on Thursday in a high-profile legal case that will test the limits of law enforcement’s access to personal data,” Nick Wingfield reports for The New York Times.
“A group of 17 Internet companies, including Twitter, eBay, Airbnb and LinkedIn, submitted a joint court brief supporting Apple in the case in which the United States government is seeking Apple’s help to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., last year,” Wingfield reports. “Separately, AT&T also filed a brief backing Apple.”
“In all, around 40 companies and organizations, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Snapchat and Dropbox, are expected to jointly submit court briefs later on Thursday,” Wingfield reports. “More than 40 people, including prominent security experts and academics, are also planning to sign on to briefs. Apple’s allies are set to submit about a dozen briefs this week. The briefs address different facets of the case, focusing on free speech implications, the importance of encryption and concerns about government overreach, among other themes.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Looks like the government’s transparent and despicable attempt to “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” has stirred up a hornet’s nest of righteous opposition.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
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