Several tech companies, including Google parent Alphabet Inc.,
Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., plan to file a joint motion
supporting Apple Inc. in its court fight against the Justice
Department over unlocking an alleged terrorist’s iPhone, according
to people familiar with the companies’ plans.
At least one other tech company plans to be included in a joint
amicus brief next week generally supporting Apple’s position that
unlocking the iPhone would undermine tech firms’ efforts to
protect their users’ digital security, these people said. Twitter
Inc. also plans to support Apple in a motion, though it is unclear
if it will join the combined filing, another person familiar said.
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith told
Congress on Thursday that his company would file a motion