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In its fight with the FBI, Apple insists it's defending the privacy and safety of all iPhone users by resisting government calls to help unlock an extremist's iPhone. And now other big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are rallying to Apple's side. Wait just a minute: Aren't those the same companies that Apple has previously criticized by lobbing veiled accusations that they exploit your personal information – to sell ads – and effectively endanger your privacy? Leading tech companies including Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft say they'll file legal arguments in support of Apple's position.The same companies objected loudly after former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed the scope of National Security Agency surveillance programs that collected user data and even tapped their networks without their knowledge. Even Apple collects some customer information.Companies like Google and Facebook argue they take pains to protect the data they collect. Facebook, for example, tracks users' likes and actions so the company can show them ads targeted to people with similar characteristics.
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