[ The Wall Street Journal ] Deepa Deetharaman and Jack Nicas:
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 first I thought the FBI wanted Apple to help unlock a single iPhone. But that’s not true: the FBI wants Apple to weaken its iOS operating system so it can unlock a bunch of other iPhones. The FBI knows this will set a legal precedent so it can continue to force Apple to weaken security on its products and services. Google’s parent company Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, and probably a few more know they will be targeted to no end if the FBI gets its way with Apple.