FBI Director, James Comey branded Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unpatriotic, just because the Bureau lost wits to keep pace with the technology advancements of the two tech giants. In an interview on Fox Business, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt defended the patriotism of his company.
The issue at hand here is that, according to Fox, Comey thinks that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have made the encryption of their devices so strong that even if FBI had a warrant, they will not be able to access the information on one of these phones. Thus the Bureau claims that it makes their job to protect Americans from any terrorist attack very hard. In his view Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should better perform their patriotic duties towards the country.
Schmidt was unconvinced by Comey’s arguments and defended both Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s honour as American companies. He explained that it was in fact the doing of government agencies, NSA in particular, that has led to more secure encryption.
“Well, because of the NSA attacks on the technology servers that happened over the last few years, all of the technology companies have moved to very very strong encryptions. So again our position is pretty straight forward, we follow the law, we want to cooperate. Obviously there is evil people and so forth, but the fact of the matter is, encryption is there to make sure that no other person gets active to that,” said Schmidt.
Scmidt also added that FBI has a provision in law, namely Patriot Act 1 and 2 which it can use to extract any information from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) or any other company for that matter. He explained that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had entertained such requests in the past and will continue to do so in future as well, provided that they come through proper legal channels. Schmidt said that he was unsure what more Comey was asking from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) when he accused the companies of not fulfilling their patriotic duties.
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