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FEB 18, 2016 | US

BSA's Viewpoint on Apple Ruling Highlighted in The International Business Times

The International Business Times, February 17, 2016

By Salvador Rodriguez

When Apple CEO Tim Cook took a stand against the FBI Tuesday night on the matter of technological "backdoors," many individuals across Silicon Valley lauded the iPhone maker for its bold move. And yet the tech giants -- companies like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and others -- were strangely silent.For years, the tech industry has pushed back on government calls for backdoors and encryption reduction, but Apple’s letter Wednesday was the most public step Silicon Valley has taken in pushing back against the government’s prying into user data.

The tech industry stands behind Apple, but each company is being careful in how it voices that support. “We and our members have grave concerns over calls for weakened encryption, backdoors, and the implications they present to privacy and security,” said Victoria Espinel, president and CEO of BSA | the Software Alliance. That group includes a large number of notable tech companies among its members, including Microsoft, Salesforce and Adobe.


Original Posting: http://www.ibtimes.com/silicon-valley-backs-apple-privacy-so-why-are-google-facebook-microsoft-being-so-2311883



BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

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