Coalition Of Tech Giants Say They Shouldn’t Have To Build Backdoors For Government

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other companies are part of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, which issued the statement.

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A coalition of large tech companies issued a statement late Wednesday saying they “should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure.”

Microsoft, AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo are part of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, which issued the statement.

The statement came after a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to create a way to assist federal investigators with unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terror attackers. Apple is fighting the order.

Here’s the statement in full:

Reform Government Surveillance companies believe it is extremely important to deter terrorists and criminals and to help law enforcement by processing legal orders for information in order to keep us all safe. But technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers’ information.

Microsoft declined additional comment to BuzzFeed News. Google backed Apple on Wednesday.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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