TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2016) - On Tuesday, February 16, a federal judge in California ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into one of the encrypted iPhones of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple immediately released a public statement opposing the court order, stating how this decision would greatly endanger the privacy of its users.
As proud sponsors of nonprofit privacy advocacy groups the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future, ExpressVPN strongly supports Apple's decision and is a firm believer that everyone, no matter their level of technical expertise, has the right to use the Internet freely and securely.
Google, WhatsApp and Mozilla have already released statements aligning themselves with Apple. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has publicly stated how the FBI's request, if enforced, could set a troubling precedent for the future of privacy.
In a public statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned of the repercussions of following this order, stating:
"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers - including tens of millions of American citizens - from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe."
ExpressVPN encourages everyone who values their privacy to make their voices heard in this pivotal fight.
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