Google CEO Backs Apple FBI Case
Google sides Apple in protecting consumer privacy.
After several hours full of anxiety and anticipation, Mr. Sundar Pichai, the Chief Executive Officer at Alphabet Inc. has finally addressed the much sought after issue of the day in the tech fraternity. Apple had to deal with a judicial order to allow the FBI to unlock the Apple iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino gunman. Mr. Pichai published a series of tweets on his official account this Wednesday where he was found taking sides of Tim Cook, the Chief Executive Officer at Apple who considered the requests to be unprecedented and harmful.
Pichai came up with a tweet according to which the request by the FBI can actually be “a troubling precedent”. He also laid emphasis on the fact that such actions can actually compromise on the privacy of the users. However, in his tweet, he did not mention what the search engine giant would have done if they were caught in a similar situation to Apple.
Recently, a judge belonging to United State granted an order asking Apple to help in hacking the iPhone of the gunman involved in the terror attack that took place in San Bernardino, California. After the order, Mr. Tim Cook published a forced rebuttal against it that won him support from the civil liberty advocates.
While Mr. Cook made this decision that was extremely sensitive, many renowned players in the industry like Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower asked Mr. Pichai to come up with a similar statement. The reason why GOOG is siding AAPL is rather simple- Google manages Android, the major operating system in the fraternity so by taking a stance they are actually assuring that the company will not entertain such requests in the future that breaches user privacy.
By giving its data to the government is far more crucial for Google since the company has access to far more channels that contain consumer data in contrast to Apple. This can actually be an explanation regarding the tweets generating by Pichai whilst he was supporting Apple’s stance were milder than the letter devised by Cook.
On the other hand, Google has laid emphasis on privacy a lot these days, merely as a defense. Over the past annum, Mr. Cook has cited Google on various occasions considering it as a counterexample to Apple when it comes to the privacy of consumers. Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google has voiced against this characterization and the company has merely publicized its security credentials.
Mr. Eric Schmidt, came with a speech in October where he claimed, “doesn’t know how” to build a safe back door, a way to access encrypted data solely for government use — what, in essence, the judicial request to Apple is. In one of Google’s few public comments on the issue, former policy and communications director Rachel Whetstone emphatically stated that the U.S. government “does not have back door access to Google.”