You guessed it, tech giants rally around Apple to keep privacy and security sacred and valuable.

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The heads of Google and Microsoft have stood behind Apple in criticizing a court order to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai:

“Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy,” Pichai said. “We know that law enforcement and intelligence agencies face significant challenges in protecting the public against crime and terrorism. We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders. But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data. Could be a troubling precedent.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:

“Technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers’ information.”

My 2 cents:

We knew this could be a rallying cry for the data vigilantes of the tech world and Google and Microsoft did not disappoint. In concluding the “Open Letter” mini series, we now effectively know that the privacy dispute will certainly feature the entire tech community.

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