As Silicon Valley Rallies to Fight Surveillance, Amazon Drops Encryption From FireOS 5 Devices

Apple has made no bones about where it stands in the legal face-off with the FBI over privacy and encryption. And most of Silicon Valley has been in agreement: Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Yahoo are among the 40 companies expected to file court briefs backing Apple. Even Amazon is expected to file a court brief backing Apple—which is peculiar because the company just quietly removed encryption from Fire OS 5 in an update that rolled out to all major Fire tablets. Read More >>

Tim Cook: An iPhone Master Key Would Be the ‘Software Equivalent of Cancer’

Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC World News Tonight’s David Muir that he remains opposed to giving the FBI a skeleton key that would allow it to break into one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhones. Read More >>

Google CEO Finally Chimes In on FBI Encryption Case, Says He Agrees with Apple

After Tim Cook’s eloquent letter explaining why Apple wouldn’t help the FBI get encrypted data from the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, the internet looked to Google to take a similar stand. Now Google CEO Sundar Pichai has posted five tweets that seem to show he agrees with Cook. Read More >>