Apple Encryption Battle With FBI Draws in Silicon Valley Heavyweights

Google CEO, others argue enabling hacking could compromise privacy.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted Pichai's first tweet expressing concern for user privacy.

"I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple's efforts to protect user data," Koum wrote on his Facebook page. "We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake."

"Reform Government Surveillance companies believe it is extremely important to deter terrorists and criminals and to help law enforcement by processing legal orders for information in order to keep us all safe," the statement said. "But 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."

In a letter posted Tuesday night, Cook said the FBI is essentially asking Apple to build a new operating system that could be installed on an iPhone recovered from an investigation. Such software does not exist today but Cook said if it did, there would be no way to guarantee it would only be used for investigations, putting the privacy of millions of Americans at risk.

"The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically," he said. "This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by 'brute force' trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer."

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