ACLU Supports Apple, Says Ruling for Feds Would Be ‘Catastrophic'

The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a "friend of the court" brief in California on Wednesday supporting Apple in its stand against the FBI, saying a ruling in favor of the government would have "catastrophic consequences."

The prominent rights group is one of many companies, organizations and individuals expected to submit amicus briefs in the case before the end of the week.

"Law enforcement may not commandeer innocent third parties into becoming its undercover agents, its spies, or its hackers," the ACLU argues in the brief to be filed on Wednesday.

Apple has asked the judge in the case to vacate an order that would force the company to help federal investigators crack a iPhone 5C used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

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