Microsoft's president Brad Smith told members of the U.S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that the company supports Apple in its current fight with the FBI. Apple has refused to give the law enforcement agency encryption tools to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects on security grounds.
In an upcoming interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook will discuss the company's position on iPhone decryption in its ongoing tussle with the FBI over the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.
U.S. representative Ted Lieu has asked FBI director James Comey to withdraw the agency's requests for Apple to unlock and provide access to an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple has since opted to make a stand and is currently facing off both the FBI and Department of Justice.
Legendary attorney Ted Olson, who was involved in 2000's Bush vs. Gore case and 2013's opposition to California's Proposition 8, has thrown his lot in with Apple in its ongoing encryption dispute with the FBI.
Bill Gates has spoken to the Financial Times to discuss the situation between Apple and the U.S. government. If you've not been following our coverage, the FBI has requested Apple provide access to a locked iPhone, enabling the agency to extract potential information behind the passcode.