“At Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Utah Tech Tour on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook hit the usual talking points recited at other recent interviews, reaffirming Apple’s commitment to encryption, augmented reality and making the best products possible,” AppleInsider reports.

“As seen in the video below, Cook started the session by thanking Hatch and those gathered, jesting that he was concerned no one would show up,” AppleInsider reports. “Judging by the response, it sounded like the room was near capacity.”

“As expected, the encryption debate cropped up midway through the Q&A, with one person asking what steps, if any, can be taken to ensure private and secure in digital communications,” AppleInsider reports. “More specifically, Cook was asked whether consumers can have a reasonable expectation to privacy given the state of encryption. ‘The answer to the last question is: yes, you do if you’re an Apple customer,’ Cook said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As for non-Apple customers: Good luck. You’re going to need it.

As we wrote last October:

Too many people do not realize how lucky we are that Tim Cook is CEO of Apple Inc. No matter what else Cook does, as long as he holds his ground on this issue [strong encryption], he’s one of the greatest CEOs in history. We need and are lucky to have a man with a strong backbone to stand up to this constant pressure from misguided government spies who’re hell bent on running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution and U.S. citizens’ rights.