Microsoft’s cast of supporters in the case earlier this year included fierce competitor Apple, as well as telecommunications giants Verizon and AT&T. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group that in the past has criticized Microsoft’s data security policies, also supported Microsoft.
The level of support is a “reflection of how complicated these issues are,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney with EFF. “These companies who hate each other also have a joint business interest. And it happens to be a benefit to the consumer.”