Apple’s recent trouble with the law has drawn out other corporations in its support. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out and defended Apples decision of not caving in against the FBI demands for building and exploiting a back door in its iOS platform.
The case is a pretty recent one in which Apple CEO Tim Cook drafted an open letter in which he laid bare his intention of fighting a court order that wanted his company to provide the FBI with specific technical assistance in order to enable the it to access data on an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The decision had drawn both the ire and the appreciation of people within the community with some calling it his duty to assist the authorities.
However, in a series of tweets, the Google CEO has defended Cooks decision.
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.
Looking forward to a thoughtful and open discussion on this important issue.
Apart from Pichai, several other prominent names, including WhatsApp founder Jan Koum, have also spoken out in Cook’s support.
The issue is expected to grow even bigger, as the devices offered by the manufacturers are being deployed to perform illegal operations. Which is why the government wants the same corporations to help its agencies.
Apple acceding to the governments demand however, would have been tantamount to setting a precedent for the law enforcing authorities demand of deploying a back door to grab information from criminals — and that is a very short step from suspected criminals and then basically everyone.
With Sundar Pichai and other a few other significant names from the corporate world behind him, Cook will have the backing to go head to head with the US government — which considering the way the wind is blowing, is something that might just happen, and sooner rather than later.