With events like those of Edward Snowden and celebrities nude pictures being leaked happening, tech companies have vowed to step security measures. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that with iOS 8, it is near to impossible for the company to give information and data to the authorities. Google’s update to Android, Android L will also be shipping encryption out of the box.
However, Google’s Eric Schmidt has stepped in to actually add some competition to the matter by saying that Google has offered more secure servers compared to the Cupertino company. Apple in his eyes, is basically playing catch up. Schmidt explained to CNNMoney that Google has always been the leader in security and encryption. According to Schmidt, “[Google] systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”
These comments are definitely in response to Tim Cook’s letter stating that other companies were out to sell customer’s private data. Nevertheless, this is some healthy competition in regards to customer privacy and security. With so many individuals trying their best to make a living or getting a laugh out of hacking accounts, companies should be working round the clock to ensure customers are protected from these vicious predators. This however, hasn’t sat well with the American government and the FBI.
According to FBI director James Comey, both firms were acting above the law by keeping the government out. The authorities are stating that national security and citizen’s safety is priority so the fact that the FBI will be stopped from saving a life due to technology protection on consumer data is ridiculous to them. The FBI and the Justice Department are both working to stop Google and Apple from moving forward with new software that will block the government from getting court-ordered access to data.
Source: Techno Buffalo