Sundar Pichai backs Tim Cook’s open response to the FBI Court order

After the revelations of Edward Snowden, public sentiments towards privacy safeguards have only increased.




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While responding to a U.S. court’s order to help the FBI break into a suspect’s iPhone, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a lengthy open response, did not mince words. Although this may not have earned him brownie points in court, it has however gained him praise from Apple’s customers as well as from privacy rights groups.

In fact, one of Apple’s biggest rivals, Google, has also come forward in support of Apple’s current legal stance. Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, in a series of tweets, praised Cook’s letters and was seen siding with his stance.

“Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy,” tweeted Pichai while calling Cook’s post as “important.”

Although Pichai fully respects the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies, he believes that “giv[ing] law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders” is totally different than “requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data.”

One is on a case to case basis, the other is systemic in nature.

Calling Google’s products “secure” he went on to tell consumers that Google “keep your information safe”. He also looks forward to a “thoughtful and open” discussion about the issues that the FBI’s order have raised.

Although, his contemporaries, such as Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft, haven’t yet to disclosed their stance on the FBI’s order, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they throw their weight behind Apple in this front.

Jan Koum, founder and CEO of WhatsApp posted his statement in support of Apple on his Facebook page yesterday.

With Edward Snowden revealing the extent the U.S. Government goes to monitor its citizen’s private data, public sentiment has come strongly in favor of privacy safeguards.

1/5 Important post by @tim_cook. Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) February 17, 2016

2/5 We know that law enforcement and intelligence agencies face significant challenges in protecting the public against crime and terrorism

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) February 17, 2016

3/5 We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) February 17, 2016

4/5 But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data. Could be a troubling precedent

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) February 17, 2016

5/5 Looking forward to a thoughtful and open discussion on this important issue

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) February 17, 2016