The Apple-FBI case is a controversial one, with folks voicing their support for Cupertino online and in the press. But now, “friends of the court” listed in the case have weighed-in on the issue, sending their own arguments to the U.S. magistrate responsible for the original order against Apple.
Groups siding with Apple
The move comes after U.S. magistrate Sheri Pym solicited “friends of the court” to offer their take on the case, and as Fortune notes, the feedback she received seems to have been overwhelming.
There have been letters from the victims’ families, from professors, civil liberties groups, encryption experts, and privacy advocates. And the results are interesting. However, in terms of sheer figures, it seems that more groups are siding with Apple. Via Fortune, here’s the list of those supporting Cupertino in the case:
- 32 law professors
- Access Now and Wickr Foundation | Press Release
- ACT/The App Association | Medium Post
- Airbnb, Atlassian, Automattic, CloudFlare, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Mapbox, Medium, Meetup, Reddit, Square, Squarespace, Twilio, Twitter and Wickr | Automattic & WordPress.com Blog Post | Tweet from Twitter
- Amazon, Box, Cisco, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nest, Pinterest, Slack, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Yahoo | Tweet from Box | Evernote Blog Post | Facebook Statement | Microsoft Blog Post | Mozilla Blog Post | Snapchat Blog Post | WhatsApp Facebook Post | Yahoo Tumblr Post
- American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Southern California, and ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties | Blog Post
- AT&T | Public Policy Blog Post
- AVG Technologies, Data Foundry, Golden Frog, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the Internet Association, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition | Golden Frog Blog | CCIA News
- BSA|The Software Alliance, the Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, and TechNet | Press Release
- Center for Democracy & Technology | Insight
- Electronic Frontier Foundation and 46 technologists, researchers, and cryptographers | Blog Post | Press Release
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and eight consumer privacy organizations | EPIC Top News
- Intel | Blog Post
- iPhone security and applied cryptography experts, including Dino Dai Zovi, Dan Boneh (Stanford), Charlie Miller, Dr. Hovav Shacham (UC San Diego), Bruce Schneier (Harvard), Dan Wallach (Rice), and Jonathan Zdziarski | Blog Post
- The Media Institute | Press Release
- Privacy International and Human Rights Watch
- Beats, Rhymes & Relief, Center for Media Justice, The Gathering for Justice, Justice League NYC, Opal Tometi, and Shaun King
- David Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression | Supporting Document
- Salihin Kondoker, husband of shooting victim, San Bernardino, Calif.
Those siding against Apple
There are less listed groups against Apple, however, yet this list potentially carries more clout. As Fortune explains, it “includes briefs filed by four of victims’ families and a half-dozen state and national law enforcement groups.”
Take a look:
- Relatives of San Bernardino victims
- San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office
- California State Sheriff’s Association, California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers’ Association
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Sheriffs’ Association
Of course, we’ll keep you updated with further information concerning the case as we receive it.
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