Victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino in December are getting involved in the battle between the federal government and Apple over encryption, which was sparked by a judge’s order that Apple assist the government in cracking the iPhone owned by shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.
Reuters reports that some victims of the shooting planned to file a legal brief supporting the government’s position. The report quotes Stephen Larson, an attorney representing the victims, saying: “They were targeted by terrorists, and they need to know why, how this could happen.”
The report adds: “Larson said he was contacted a week ago by the Justice Department and local prosecutors about representing the victims, prior to the dispute becoming public. He said he will file an amicus brief in court by early March.”
Tech companies, meanwhile, are lining up on the other side of the case, with a number of them expressing support for Apple’s position.