Google CEO Comes to Apple’s Defense

Gabe Thomas

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come to the defense of Apple one day after Apple released a statement saying it would not comply to the FBI’s order to create a way to unlock a locked iPhone.

According to CNN, in a series of five tweets, Pichai acknowledged the difficulties law enforcement is facing with the advancements in technology while also speaking of the security risks that could be caused from developing software for hacking.

“Important post by @tim_cook . Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy.” Pichai said in his first tweet. “We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders,” Pichai tweeted.

The tweets come after Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public letter saying the FBI had asked his company to build software that could be uploaded onto an iPhone and unlocked if the phone is held in physical possession.

According to CNN, the FBI’s order came in an effort to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters that were a part of the terrorist attack in the San Bernardino last December.

The FBI has obtained permission to retrieve the information on the phone, but cannot access it due to the numeric code passcode needed to unlock the phone. Cook also wrote that Apple had done everything it had the ability to do and could legally do, but said creating what he called a “backdoor” to the iPhone is too dangerous.