Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed in a post on the company’s website that the United States government asked them to build a backdoor for the iPhone.
Cook said that while the FBI might argue the backdoored version of iOS is for once-off use only, Cook said there is no way to guarantee such control.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has now joined the debate, supporting Cook’s view.
He said Cook’s post was important, because “forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy”.
He said they are aware 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,” said Pichai.
“But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data. Could be a troubling precedent.”