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These Are Apple's Allies Against the FBI (Updated)

The ACLU and a relative of one of the survivors of the San Bernardino attack are among Apple's supporters.

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Some 40 companies and organizations are expected to file briefs today in support of Apple in its fight with the federal government over privacy and security.

The legal dispute centers on a court order that Apple help federal investigators hack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 22 injured. But the industry sees the issue as a broader one, focused on the importance of encryption and worries about government overreach.

Here’s a list of those who’ve filed court documents so far. We’ll be updating it throughout the day.

  • A group of 32 law professors.
  • Access Now and Wickr Foundation. Access Now is a civil society organization dedicated to extending the digital rights of users around the world. The Wickr Foundation is a nonprofit group that champions private communications and uncensored access to information.
  • ACT/The App Association, a group that represents more than 5,000 app companies. Its sponsors include Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Verizon.
  • Airbnb, Atlassian, Automattic, CloudFlare, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Mapbox, Medium, Meetup, Reddit, Square, Squarespace, Twilio, Twitter and Wickr.
  • American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to principles of liberty and equality.
  • David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur, who prepared a report on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications.
  • AT&T
  • AVG Technologies, Data Foundry, Golden Frog, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Internet Association and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition.
  • BSA/The Software Alliance, the Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology Council and TechNet.
  • Computer security experts Dino Dai Zovi, Dan Boneh, Charlie Miller, Hovav Shacham, Bruce Schneier, Dan S. Wallach and Jonathan Zdziarski.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation and 46 technologists, researchers and cryptographers
  • Intel
  • The Media Institute
  • Online News Association
  • Salihin Kondoker, a San Bernardino resident whose wife was shot three times in the attack.

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