Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: We’re Sympathetic to Apple’s Privacy Fight

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his company is sympathetic to Apple and its fight with the FBI over intentionally removing security features from iOS as part of an investigation. He said stripping away encryption protections won't help security, echoing Apple CEO Tim Cook's stance.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sides with Apple in FBI privacy fightFacebook's Mark Zuckerberg sides with Apple in FBI privacy fight

Mr. Zuckerberg shared his thoughts while speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona on Monday. 

"I don't think that requiring back doors to encryption is either going to be an effective thing to increase security or is really the right thing to do," Mr. Zuckerberg said, according to the BBC. "We are pretty sympathetic to Tim [Cook] and Apple."

Mr. Zuckerberg's comments are in response to a court order the FBI obtained compelling Apple to create a special iOS version that removes security features designed to keep hackers from using brute force attacks to find an iPhone's passcode. The FBI plans to use the specially crafted version of iOS to get into the iPhone Syed Rizwan Farook had when he, along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on their San Bernardino County Department of Public Health coworkers.

The FBI pushed for the court order because the device's content is encrypted and after ten failed login attempts will be irretrievably lost. The order requires Apple to create a version of iOS that removes the 10 password attempt limit before trashing the device's data, removes the time gap between login attempts, and adds the ability to automate entering passwords.

Apple is fighting the court order saying it's an overreach of government authority and sets a dangerous precedent where tech companies will be expected to develop the tools governments need to hack into smartphones and other encrypted devices. 

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Lee Dronick

Sure Zuck, when are you going to stop data mining users?


@Lee Dronick, sure Zucks’ data mining is repulsive, but by now, everyone knows (or should) that that is the price of admission to the world of FaceBook.

Lee Dronick

True that Furbies, but he has gall to talk about privacy.


Stripping away encryption protections won’t help security. I also support Apple.

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