Google has officially joined other major tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and more in filing an amicus brief, or "friend of the court" statement. It's supporting Apple in its current legal fight against the FBI over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects.
Apple has refused the FBI's order, stating that such a move could cause others to gain access to the phone via a "backdoor". The other companies that are joining the brief are Box, Cisco, Dropbox, Evernote, Mozilla, Nest Labs, Pinterest, Slack, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Yahoo. In a statement, Microsoft's president Brad Smith says:
Google has yet to offer its own statement on joining the amicus brief as of this writing.
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