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Cloud file syncing and sharing company Box today is announcing that it will formally show its support for Apple in the ongoing Apple-FBI encryption battle by filing an amicus curiae brief in Apple’s defense.

A Box spokesperson told VentureBeat that the company would file the brief later today alongside Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

“The FBI request of Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone for Law Enforcement is exactly the kind of feature that will eventually be used against us,” Box chief security officer Joel de la Garza wrote in a blog post today. “Given how important technology is today in our lives and economy, an effective security strategy, crafted only with short-term in mind, is a liability we simply can’t afford.”

Other technology companies and groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union have shown their support for Apple in the case.


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Box has previously launched products that keep information encrypted.

For an overview of the Apple-FBI case, check out our timeline.

Update at 12:20 p.m. Pacific: Mozilla said in a blog post that it will join in on an amicus brief along with “Google, Nest Labs, Facebook, WhatsApp, Evernote, Snapchat, and Microsoft.”

Update at 12:47 p.m. Pacific: Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde announced in a tweet that the company has “filed a brief in support of #Apple.”

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