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White House: FBI is not asking Apple for a 'backdoor' to the iPhone

John Ribeiro | Feb. 19, 2016
Google and Mozilla have backed Apple opposition to a court order.

Apple has said it will appeal the order, which by some accounts could take it even to the Supreme Court. It has received support from a number of civil rights groups and companies, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai who said in a series of Twitter messages that forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users' privacy.

"We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders," Pichai wrote. But that is different from requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data, which could be a troubling precedent, he added.

“It’s difficult to discuss policy and precedent in the wake of horrific attacks," said Mark Surman, Mozilla’s executive director in a statement. "Yet, it remains true that asking Apple to circumvent their own security protections is a massive overreach.”  WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum also criticized the order, stating that "our freedom and our liberty is at stake."

 

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