Edward Snowden, Google CEO stands firm with Apple in the fight against FBI


On Tuesday, a federal magistrate-judge ruled that Apple must help the FBI break into the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI was unable to figure out the shooter’s passcode, which is the only way to get inside his iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is furious, saying that the U.S. government is trying to undermine the security of its flagship product.

“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers,” Cook said.

Apple plans to fight the decision, aided by the ACLU.

On Wednesday, the divide was clear: politicians versus engineers.

“The FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around,” Snowden said Wednesday morning on Twitter.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Apple (AAPL, Tech30), which is fighting an order to help the FBI break into the iPhone owned by one of the San Barnardino shooters.

While acknowledging law enforcement faces “significant challenges” to protect the public, Pichai voiced his support for Apple CEO Tim Cook in a series of tweets.

“Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy,” Pichai said in the first of five tweets.

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