Date
17 January 2017
Apple has won support from some of its chief competitors for its fight to resist US government efforts to force it to undermine security protection on its iPhones. Photo: AFP
Apple has won support from some of its chief competitors for its fight to resist US government efforts to force it to undermine security protection on its iPhones. Photo: AFP

US tech giants unite behind Apple in encryption battle

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and several other technology companies are filing a joint legal brief asking a judge to support Apple Inc. in its battle with the US government over encryption.

The effort is a rare display of unity and support for the iPhone maker from companies that are competitors in many areas and shows the breadth of Silicon Valley’s opposition to the government’s anti-encryption effort, Reuters reports.

The fight between Apple and the government became public last month when the US Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring the consumer electronics giant to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters in December.

Apple has pushed back, arguing that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security.

The clash has intensified a long-running debate over how much law enforcement and intelligence officials should be able to monitor digital communications.

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