Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has reacted to attacks reported in Belgian capital city Brussels by tweeting that the tragedy should serve as a reminder to Apple of the importance of security over privacy. 

Three explosions have been reported in the city, and at least 34 people are reported dead. Isis has reportedly taken credit for the attacks. 

"Explosions at Brussels airport; Apple: national security is  more important than privacy," tweeted Khosla, linking to a Los Angeles Times article about the attacks, apparently referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook's refusal to hack an iPhone belonging to the perpetrator of a mass shooting in December in San Bernadino in California. 

Khosla's comment drew criticism on Twitter. One person said the comment came too soon after the tragedy in Brussels; others criticized Khosla's stance on security. 

"Maybe next time wait for the bodies to be cold before you bury your flag in them," user @joshobrien77, who identifies himself as a network engineer in Ohio, tweeted. 

Gabe Rivera, who runs technology news aggregation site Techmeme, criticized Khosla's stance on security.

"Yep, when Apple finally gives us all OPM-level privacy, we'll finally get our national security back," he tweeted. "Entrepreneurs: if your startup makes us more secure via less privacy, I've found an investor for you!"

"Look, all the government is asking for is public access to the sandy beach that is your data. Privacy is so greedy," he continued, apparently referring to Khosla's dispute with California's State Lands Commission over a strip of beach property in Half Moon Bay. 

Rivera said in a direct message over Twitter: "I wouldn't expect his one tweet to have broad implications, but I think it's just a sign he might be out of touch with the issues involved here. And I say might, because this is Twitter, where context is always missing. Perhaps in the most generous interpretation of his tweet, there's a point I could (mostly?) agree with."

Inc. has reached out to Khosla ventures for comment. 

Published on: Mar 22, 2016