Tech giants plan to raise encryption of user data

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California, Mar.15 (ANI): Technology giants like Apple, Google, Whatsapp and Snapchat have announced their plans to increase privacy on users data amid the fight between Apple Inc and the FBI over encryption.

The next date of hearing in the Apple encryption case is scheduled for March 22, a day after Apple unveils its latest iPhone, smart watch and iPad pro.

The California-based companies have also indicated the industry would be willing to back up their public support for Apple with concrete action, the Guardian reports.

The popular ephemeral messaging service Snapchat, is also working on a secure messaging system and Internet giant Google is exploring extra uses for the technology behind a long-in-the-works encrypted email project.

U.S. President Barack Obama recently broke his silence on the ongoing debate between the Apple and the FBI about penetrating encryption, saying that mobile devices should be built in a way to allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.

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Apple Inc has earlier argued that a move to break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooter would violate free speech rights, override the will of Congress and jeopardise the security of other Apple devices. (ANI)

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