Facebook Vice President Arrested
It’s not been too long since New York judge ruled in favour of Apple, denying the law enforcing authorities of United states the right to force Apple to unlock an iPhone involved in a drug case. Another giant Facebook has landed itself in trouble as its VP Diego Jorge Dzodan was arrested on his way to work in São Paulo, Brazil today because the company refused to provide details of a WhatsApp user involved in organized crime and drug trafficking.
The local media reported Mr Diego Jorge Dzodan is still in custody and answering police questioning in Sao Paulo.
The official spokesman from Whatsapp stated “We are disappointed that law enforcement took this extreme step. WhatsApp cannot provide information we do not have. We cooperated to the full extent of our ability in this case, and while we respect the important job of law enforcement, we strongly disagree with its decision.”
Earlier in December 2015, the Brazilian court blocked WhatsApp messaging service temporarily for 48 hours in Brazil, after the company refused to hand over the content of communications between alleged drug dealers involved in the drug trafficking case. Back then Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that “He was stunned by the extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.”
This time the refusal on the part of Whatsapp has resulted in the arrest of Facebook VP. A similar battle is being fought by Apple against a court order that demands the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5C belonging to the one of the shooters involved in the San Bernardino massacre.