On Thursday, Kickstarter announced it has filed an amicus brief with sixteen other companies to support Apple in its fight to protect the privacy and security of its millions of customers.
Following the devastating shooting in San Bernardino last December, a federal court ordered the technology giant to create software that would allow the FBI to bypass security protections on the iPhone. Apple challenged the order and claimed that by providing the software it would create dangerous privacy and security implications for the public.
Speaking out about the situation, Kickstater commented:
“Like many companies, Kickstarter is entrusted with safeguarding—and protecting the privacy of—our community. We take that responsibility seriously, and we’re proud to stand up to defend it.”
The funding portal then explained that there is another thing at stake here – trust:
“But there’s something else at stake here. Establishing trust is vital to any company that cares about its community. And transparency is crucial to maintaining that trust. Nowhere does the public expect transparency more than in policies addressing how, when, and under what circumstances their data will be shared with government agencies, here or abroad.”
Other companies involved in the brief are Airbnb, Atlassian, Automattic, CloudFlare, eBay, GitHub, LinkedIn, Mapbox, Medium, Meetup, Reddit, Square, Squarespace, Twilio, Twitter, and, Wickr.See the brief here.