Apple, Google and Facebook Warn President Obama

The world's largest technology companies have a message for President Obama: don't mess with smartphones. Two technology organizations representing Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other notable businesses sent a letter to Obama on Tuesday urging his administration not to pursue any policies that would weaken existing encryption measures for fear of undermining the security of users. In recent months, Obama has suggested that there may be a need for a workaround to strong encryption on personal devices in certain instances when law enforcement may need access to smartphones or applications to investigate suspected terrorists. Silicon Valley and the Obama administration once enjoyed a historic bromance, but the relationship became more strained in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revealing documents that alleged the National Security Agency mined data through companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft as part of a secret surveillance program.