Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft Back Apple in Court Fight Over Encryption
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – RE/Code reports some of Apple’s fiercest technology rivals have sided with the Cupertino company in its court fight over encryption.
A Who’s Who of the tech sector — 15 companies that include Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — filed a court brief today, speaking out in one voice in a case they describe as of singular importance to the industry.
In the filing, the companies say they share the public’s outrage at the attack that took place in San Bernardino and feel no sympathy for terrorists. Indeed, they collectively respond to tens of thousands of government requests for data to assist in criminal investigations.
But the technology giants say they draw the line at the government’s request in the San Bernardino case, in which law enforcement seeks to “commandeer” Apple’s engineers to undermine the security features of its own products. The companies call on the federal judge to throw out the order that would require Apple to assist investigators in hacking the iPhone used in a recent attack.
Top photo: Navy Admiral Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, addresses RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, March 1. 2016. U.S. Navy video.
CES Family Tech Summit addresses safety and education
LAS VEGAS, NV—Antigone Davis is Head of Global Safety at Facebook, where she works with internal teams at Facebook and with external safety organizations to ensure that Facebook remains a leader in online safety and that policymakers understand the steps Facebook takes to promote safety online.
In today’s session, Antigone (on platform above) discussed how Facebook’s team works with users to enhance Facebook customer experiences on all related security matters, especially to minimize bullying and safeguard children
Antigone also spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from around the world who provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices.
Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years in the Washington, D.C. area working for the Attorney General of Maryland. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s online privacy and safety unit, and led the National Association of Attorney General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.”
Prior to serving in the public sector, Antigone used her masters in education to teach middle and high school students and her juris doctorate as a corporate attorney in Chicago.