A host of technology giants, including Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google filed a friend-of-the-court brief, also known as an amicus, earlier this month throwing their support behind Apple.
Until now, Google's dealings with the government over smartphone data have been out of the spotlight. It's unclear how many times each company complied with the requests.
"We carefully scrutinize subpoenas and court orders to make sure they meet both the letter and spirit of the law," a Google spokesperson said. "However, we've never received an All Writs Act order like the one Apple recently fought that demands we build new tools that actively compromise our products' security. As our amicus shows, we would strongly object to such an order."
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