It seems like an epic story is unfolding between Apple and the US officials, particularly the FBI. The heated discussion is lengthening and is getting to a point where a lot of other individuals, personalities and even companies are joining in. One of this is Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Pichai said that Google does give data to law enforcement based on valid legal orders, which is outlined in the search engine’s Transparency Report. However he is also hesitant on the issue of creating backdoors to allow access to data stored on devices.
Pichai’s post continued stating that it is wholly different from “requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data;” Which could be a troubling precedent. Engadget reports that the Google CEO also assures consumers that the search engine’s products are secure and that it keeps each user’s information safe. He is, however, looking forward towards a “thoughtful and open” discussion about the issues that the FBI’s order has outed.
Earlier, Apple’s Cook said this Tuesday that his company would oppose a federal judge’s ruling ordering the tech firm to help investigators break into an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, reports USA Today.
Based on a letter published in the Apple site, Cook wrote that they have great respect for professionals at the FBI and they believe their intentions are good. As of the moment, Apple has done everything that is both within their power and the law’s, to help them.
Cook continues by writing, “But now the US government has asked us for something we simply do not have and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”
Following the post, Edward Snowden was seen giving his support for the Cupertino company and has called on Google to support Apple in the current issue. They are not the only ones supporting Apple in this stand, as WhatsApp and Facebook board member Jan Koum has also added his two cents.
Posted on his social media account is his message saying that he has always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and the Cupertino company’s efforts to protect user data. Koum also said that he “couldn’t agree more with anything said in their Customer Letter today. We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and liberty is at stake.”