Many tech experts also supported Apple's decision, with one telling CNBC that Cook's decision to stand by customers' privacy is correct. The issue of privacy versus national security is not a new topic, but Tim Cook's refusal to comply with the court order is.
Pichai, among the highest paid CEOs of America, defended Cook in a series of tweets, including one saying, "Could be a troubling precedent."
Whatsapp's Koum, also a Facebook board member, wrote on the social media site, "I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple's efforts to protect user data… We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake."
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