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An iPhone is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. The San Bernardino County-owned iPhone at the center of an unfolding high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the U.S. government lacked a device management feature bought by the county that, if installed, would have allowed investigators easy and immediate access. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (WDTN/AP) – Apple’s supporters are planning a protest against the FBI.

Supporters are expected to demonstrate in 50 different apple stores across the US at 5 p.m. local time.

A judge ordered apple to assist in the San Bernardino terrorism investigation by helping the FBI hack into shooter Syed Farook’s locked iPhone.

Apple has resisted providing a piece of programming that would help the FBI access the phone. Apple argues that governments, both in the U.S. and overseas, are likely to use the program in other cases, undermining data privacy.

Victims and affected families are also expected to take action through their attorney Wednesday filing a brief of support for the Department of Justice.

Meanwhile, Bill Gates is siding against Apple – and many other technology companies – in saying the firm should help the U.S. government to hack into a locked iPhone as part of an investigation into the San Bernardino shooting.

In an interview Tuesday with the Financial Times, Microsoft founder Gates says “this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information.” He likened it to the police getting records from a phone company.

The heads of many tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have sided with Apple.

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