Apple and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are currently at war over the FBI’s request for cracking of one of the December 2015 San Bernardino terrorists’ iPhone 5C. The FBI has secured a court order for the phone to be cracked in what it calls a matter of national security but Apple does not want to comply because it will derail their users’ privacy.
The specifics of what the FBI wants is for Apple to create a new iOS version which will be able to bypass the security features of the iPhone which will then make it possible for any iPhone to be unlocked without the owner’s permission.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said “It would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products…The US government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create,” Apple with its CEO at the forefront plan to challenge the government to the Supreme court if need be.
Google sides with Apple in encryption battle
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is siding with Apple on their refusal to make a backdoor through the iPhone despite FBI and Court orders; he says that it could be a troubling precedent if Apple gives in.
Popular whistleblower Edward Snowden called out Google on Twitter saying “This is the most important tech case in a decade. Silence means @google picked a side, but it’s not the public’s,”. That was probably what prompted the Gogle CEO to make a statement to dispel that line of thought.
Sundar Pichai in a series of tweets made statements which many see as siding Apple’s CEO on the matter.
He wrote “Important post by @tim_cook. Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy, We know that law enforcement and intelligence agencies face significant challenges in protecting the public against crime and terrorism. 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 & data, Could be a troubling precedent.”
Pichai finally added “Looking forward to a thoughtful and open discussion on this important issue.” These statements clearly show that Google supports Apple’s decision on the matter.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also showed his support for Tim Cook on twitter by thanking him for his “leadership.”