Google CEO Sides With Apple in Refusing to Hack San Bernardino Gunman’s iPhone

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Source: SIMON DAWSON/BLOOMBERG

Source: SIMON DAWSON/BLOOMBERG

Tech giant Google sided with Apple on Wednesday with its recent battle with the FBI and a judge who ordered them to access encrypted information on an iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino shooters.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, sided with Apple CEO Tim Cook and his open letter explaining that helping the FBI to bypass the software in order to access the iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters would be damaging to “tens of millions of American citizens.”

Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were responsible for the terrorist attacks in December at a California government center that left 14 people dead. Farook’s iPhone was recovered during the attacks, yet due to the encryption and password protected software the phone has been of no use to the FBI.

Currently, Apple does not have the technology the judge is asking for. Cook explained that the request “has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.” Pichai’s tweets resonate with Cook’s letter and Apple’s privacy policy explaining that by creating the software they would essentially put themselves in a position of hacking their own customers.

Jan Koum, chief executive of WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging service, also took a stance in support of Apple.

“I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple’s efforts to protect user data, and couldn’t agree more with everything said in their customer letter today,” shared Koum. “We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake.”

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