Apple will receive the official backing of four of its biggest rivals in the tech industry when its legal battle with the FBI over accessing iPhone data begins in the next few weeks.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all said to be working on a joint brief aimed at showing their support for Apple.
The latter’s CEO, Tim Cook, has taken a firm stance against the FBI’s request to hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the suspects in last year’s San Bernardino terror attacks.
Cook said in an interview with ABC news earlier this week that this was about more than one iPhone, claiming that opening up a so–called for federal authorities to access devices was the software ‘equivalent of cancer’.
Apple has filed a motion against the FBI’s demands saying its order had ‘no support of the law’, dubbing it ‘unprecedented’.
Microsoft’s decision to back Apple comes as it tussles with the FBI over access to data on its servers in a separate criminal case.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that the FBI was seeking access to 12 iPhones in a string of different cases.