The CEO of Google Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opposition to providing the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with a software that would help authorities unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the persons that killed 14 people in the San Bernardino, Calif shootings last December.
In a first-of-its-kind ruling, U.S. Judge Sheri Pym issued an order instructing Apple to assist law enforcement authorities to decrypt the iPhone belonging to Syed Farook. Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 of Farook’s co-workers on December 2 during a holiday luncheon. The massacre has been called the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
Pym’s ruling has rekindled a technology policy debate that pits digital privacy against national security. It is a debate that is not limited south of the border but also very relevant to Canadians.