Mark Zuckerberg backs Apple in its encryption fight with Justice Dept

Mark Zuckerberg backs Apple in its encryption fight with Justice Dept

In his Monday address at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company supports tech giant Apple in its encryption fight with the Justice Department.

According to a Re/code report, Zuckerberg -- backing Apple's resolute stance on encryption -- said at the MWC event that Facebook believes in encryption; and added that the company is "sympathetic with Apple" on the encryption issue.

Zuckerberg also questioned the effectiveness of software backdoors; and asserted that software backdoors are ethically dubious.

In expressing support for Apple in the ongoing encryption scuffle between the tech company and the Justice Department, Zuckerberg said: "I expect it's not the right thing to try to block that from the mainstream products people want to use. And I think it's not going to be the right regulatory or economic policy to put in place."

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of Apple's opposition of a court order which requires the company to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation break into the iPhone used by a San Bernardino shooter, Zuckerberg said that Facebook does its part to assist law enforcement by complying with warranted data requests.

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