Google CEO Sundar Pichai weighs in on Apple’s decision to keep FBI from accessing encrypted iPhones


By now you’ve probably heard the story. The FBI wants in on the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhones, but they need Apple’s help in creating a backdoor to access the encrypted data within. Although they’ve been willing to work with and cooperate with the FBI’s other demands, Apple isn’t having it. In a statement on Apple.com, CEO Tim Cook spoke out on their decision to — above all else — keep the iPhone secure, no matter the cost. Yes, even if it means catching more of the f*cked up individuals responsible for the shootings.

It’s a touchy debate, one we’re sure you have a very strong opinion on. Up until now, Google has remained quiet on the issue, leading some to believe that perhaps they were siding with the FBI. But after countless amounts of prodding on social media, Google CEO Sundar Pichai finally weighed in on the encryption debate and yes, they’re siding with Apple. Here’s the full 5-tweet status update from the man himself.

“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.”


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Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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