Encryption debate takes centre stage
This week, the big talk in the tech world has been about encryption, prompted by Apple CEO Tim Cook's refusal to cooperate with the FBI to unlock an encrypted iPhone linked to the San Bernardino mass shooting last year. Cook expressed his stance in an open letter to customers early this week. The FBI is asking for Apple to build a new operating system that would bypass some security features, a push that was backed up by a judge's order Tuesday.
Many tech companies in the past few days have come to stand behind Apple, saying that the move to force the tech giant to unlock the phone would create a dangerous precedent for "backdoors" in encryption technologies. Take a look at some of the tech CEOs and influential individuals who have decided to voice their support for the vendor (and at least one notable exception).