February 18, 2016
Sundar Piachi is now CEO at Google.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai is backing Apple in its fight with the FBI.
Pichai, in a series of tweets late Wednesday, said a federal court judge’s ruling that orders Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 terrorist in San Bernardino, Calif. “could be a troubling precedent.”
“Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy,” he tweeted.
“We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders. But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data.”
That Pichai is speaking up on the issue is important for users of Google’s Android operating system, which also uses encryption to protect customers’ data. It seems that Pichai, in a similar situation, would take the same stand as CEO Tim Cook, and he described the letter penned by Cook to Apple customers as “important.”
In the letter, Cook calls the court order “an overreach by the U.S. government.”
“While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products,” he wrote. “And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
In the court order, the judge said Apple must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to law enforcement in the recovery of data from an iPhone 5c used by one of the shooters. The FBI has been unable to access the device’s encrypted content.
Cook, however, said complying with the order would only open the door to further demands — demands that could, eventually, hurt law-abiding citizens.
Cook’s letter can be read in full here.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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