Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft have pledged to support Apple in FBI fight

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The biggest names in tech have pledged their support to Apple as the company faces off in a court battle against the FBI.

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and dozens of other tech companies are planning to file letters to the court stating that they stand with Apple.

Each company must file its brief to the court by March 3.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said Microsoft believes Apple is right that the courts should not force it to write code that would help the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Smith believes the US government needs to update laws that address how tech companies should work with law enforcement when data is encrypted.

“I believe that Apple is making an important point,” Smith said. “We agree wholeheartedly with Apple that the right place to bring this discussion is here, to the House of Representatives and the Senate so the people who are elected by the people can make these decisions.”