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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks as he announces the company's plans for expanding products and services in India at a news conference in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Google says 6 million Indians are gaining Internet access every month, and expects there to be 500 million Indians online by 2017. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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Siding with Tim.

Google agrees with Apple: Tech companies shouldn’t hack consumers’ devices

By Alice Truong

Deputy editor

Apple isn’t backing down against the FBI, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t think the iPhone maker should do so.

In a series of tweets sent today (Feb. 17), Pichai threw his support behind Apple CEO Tim Cook in his refusal to help the US Federal Bureau of Investigation break into an iPhone used by one of the assailants in the San Bernardino, California shootings. While trying to access the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the FBI has been hampered by an Apple security feature that wipes the data from an iPhone after too many failed unlocking attempts.

Reiterating a point Cook made in a Feb. 16 open letter, Pichai said that forcing tech companies to hack users’ devices “could be a troubling precedent.”

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