Tech industry groups, security experts back Apple

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, protesters carry placards outside an Apple store in Boston. Tech companies, security experts and civil liberties groups are filing court briefs supporting Apple in its battle with the FBI. The groups oppose a judge’s order that would require Apple to help federal agents hack an encrypted iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass shooter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A slew of tech industry groups and civil liberties advocates are filing legal arguments backing Apple in its fight with the FBI, including security experts worried about hacking and independent app-makers who fear more burdens on their business.

These “friends of the court” briefs aim to bolster Apple’s challenge of a court order that would force it to help FBI agents hack an encrypted iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass shooter. The government must file its response next week, before a hearing on March 22.

Among those backing Apple are some of its biggest competitors, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, which have signaled they’ll file a joint brief on Apple’s behalf. A group of 17 smaller tech firms, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Reddit submitted a separate joint filing.

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