Microsoft “wholeheartedly supports” Apple in iPhone backdoor case

Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith was in Capital Hill today in front of the House Judiciary Committee. He originally appeared to urge local and global governments to standardize and update local laws that impact cross-boarder extradition of data from tech companies, but another one of his comments has just made the headlines.

According to New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, Brad Smith has told the congressional committee that Microsoft “wholeheartedly supports Apple” in the backdoor case.

Nick has also reported that Microsoft will be filling an amicus brief for Apple in the encryption case.

An amicus brief refers to someone who is not a party to a case and offers information that bears on the case, but who has not been solicited by any of the parties to assist a court.

This could possibly be a signal for some Microsoft involvement in the case. As more details emerge in this situation, we will definitely be here to report it to you.

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