Google, Facebook and Twitter are supporting Apple as it in the process of fighting a ruling that will create a precedent for the government to access personal cellphone records.
Although the premise of this case constitutes Apple helping to unlock a terrorist’s phone since the atrocious shootings in December last year at the San Bernardino, California.
Apple’s reluctance to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is due to the fact that such a move violates its free speech rights and overrides the will of Congress.
Filling a case, Apple said: “The government’s request here creates an unprecedented burden on Apple and violates Apple’s First Amendment rights against compelled speech.”
“No court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it, “ Apple said.
It is purported that in an effort to support Apple, another social networking giant Google is taking steps to file a “friend of the court” brief on Apple’s behalf within the next few weeks.
On the contrary, “The government argues that the All Writs Act, a broad 1789 law which enables judges to require actions necessary to enforce their own orders, compels Apple to comply with its request,” Sky news.
Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates surprisingly supported the FBI.
“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” Bill Gates said.
Source: Sky News (U.K)