Seventeen tech companies have joined Apple’s fight for the right to privacy. Twitter, AT&T and eBay are among the companies who have filed court statements, as the FBI continue to convince Apple to give them the backdoor to break into the San Bernardino iPhone.
Twitter, along with eBay and AirBnB, filed a court brief on Thursday in support of Apple’s fight against the FBI. The case continues over the San Bernardino iPhone, which the FBI has now admitted a mistake over, saying employees attempted to reset the password for the iCloud within 24 hours of the December 2 shooting but accidentally locked themselves out of it completely.
The public has had mixed reactions, but now tech firms are queuing up to support the tech giant Apple, saying that privacy of customers is essential. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, AT&T, Intel and various researchers, cryptographers and technologists have all followed Twitter’s example of filing court documents. Younger startups followed shortly after, including Facebook, Amazon and Google. The firms want to see the court “exercise caution” in making a decision over whether Apple should create new code to break into the phone.
Should the court decide with Apple, it would mean extra protection for individuals against the FBI. In a case against the U.S. Department of Justice, the court already decided in favor of the privacy. While national security is important, there is a line that cannot be crossed for the protection of innocent people.
If the court sides with the FBI, it could set a dangerous precedent for the future. The FBI would be able to force other companies to break into encrypted accounts when illegal activity or possibly-interesting information is suspected. At the moment, the FBI has no proof that the San Bernardino shooters were linked to a terrorist group, and it is possible they were working alone. The federal agency wants access to the phone to see if there was any communication with others.
With recent revelations that the FBI made a mistake in trying to crack iCloud open, Apple believes it has a stronger stance legally. Twitter users have also raised concerns over the lies told and truths omitted by the FBI in order to get access to the phone. However, there are still others who believe Apple should give in considering this involves possible terrorists.
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