Apple Finds Allies with Facebook and Twitter Over FBI Case
More tech companies express their support for Apple in its battle with FBI over court decision to hack into the phone of a mass shooter. Twitter and Facebook shared the sentiment that smart devices such as smart phones should not be unlocked and weaken its security.
Apple was ordered by a Californian judge to assist in the FBI investigation regarding the San Bernardino mass shooting by unlocking and accessing the iPhone used by one of the shooters. Soon enough, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public statement informing that the company will not be able to do so without the building firmware to gain access on the phone. Additionally they are not in favor of creating a 'backdoor' into its products to be exploited by the government, as reported by Fortune.
Twitter and Facebook sided with Apple over its sentiments on assisting FBI about the San Bernardino mass shooting probe. Facebook tells the risks of forcible hack into Apple's security functions which could result in a 'chilling precedent'. The social media network promised to fiercely counter government moves to lessen the security strength of consumer tech devices, according to USA Today.
"We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe," the statement reads. "When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply. However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies' efforts to secure their products."
Engaged reported that as of the moment, other giant companies like Microsoft haven't expressed their opinion over the case. Apple CEO Tim Cook is assertive that it should not be mandatory for his company to assist FBI in weakening its iPhone security. A spokesperson associated with the Reform Government Surveillance industry group said, "technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users' information secure."
Other major technology companies seem to be silent still. Yahoo and Microsoft refused to give comments, referring reporters to the given statements by the industry trade groups.