Apple CEO Tim Cook to speak at White House cybersecurity summit

“Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the White House cybersecurity summit Friday at Stanford University,” Cory Bennett reports for The Hill. “The White House is expected to reveal its next executive action on cybersecurity at the summit, which will bring together tech executives, leading academics and government officials to discuss ways in which the government can better collaborate with the private sector on cybersecurity initiatives.”

“Cook’s remarks will come amid a debate between tech companies and law enforcement officials over encryption,” Bennett reports. “Apple has feuded directly with Department of Justice officials in recent months over the tech giant’s encryption measures. The company claims its newest operating system locks everyone out from accessing data stored on its devices, including law enforcement officials and Apple itself.”

“Bureau Director James Comey has been outspoken in his opposition to what he calls ‘the going dark problem.’ He’s called on Congress to pass laws mandating that companies give government access to data on their devices, often referred to as a ‘backdoor,'” Bennett reports. “President Obama recently expressed some support for this concept, commenting during a January press conference that law enforcement should have a way to monitor communications over social media and on the Internet.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Do not support fear-mongers who espouse Big Brother-esque surveillance doctrine.

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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961

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Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up U.S. feds’ surveillance – April 4, 2013


  1. Do NOT permit government agencies to intrude into our private lives more than they already do.

    Those agencies are composed of fallible humans like ourselves, prone to misjudgment and error and temptation. And even if we presently favour the incumbents, they will change one day and we will then be sorry we granted them power.

  2. Backdoors for government agencies just become backdoors for thieves down the road. The best course is to force government agencies to do their jobs using their legitimate tools, and keep iOS as secure as Apple can make it.

    1. The term ‘backdoor’ is being used loosely in this context and may not apply at all. Security guru Steve Gibson recently described how all that would be needed would be a second private encryption key to Internet communication that is kept under lock and key by a trusted third party. With a suitable LEGAL warrant (versus some idiotic FISA court rubber stamp joke of a warrant) that third party could provide the key to law enforcement for decryption and surveillance purposes.

      That scenario would NOT add any security vulnerabilities for hacker exploit. But would such a system by abused by an abusive government? Damned right! So that problem remains.

      [See Security Now! Episode #491 | 20 Jan 2015, ‘Cryptographic Backdoors’ at:]

  3. “… law enforcement should have a way to monitor communications over social media and on the Internet.”

    So let ’em get Facebook and Twitter accounts like everyone else. What an asshole.

  4. Sorry #MyStupidGovernment, but the US Constitution WINS:

    The Fourth Amendment To The US Constitution

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    DEAL WITH IT. ‘1984’ was a book. Keep it that way.

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