“Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that there should not have to be a trade-off between national security and personal privacy,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet.
“In a speech as part of a cybersecurity summit hosted by The White House at Stanford University, the Apple boss said history has shown that sacrificing rights to privacy can have ‘dire consequences’ on society,” Whittaker reports. “‘We risk something far more valuable than money. We risk our way of life,’ he said.”
“Cook was the only Silicon Valley chief executive to attend the cybersecurity summit, with leaders from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook choosing to send senior security executives in their places — possibly because of continued anger over historical government intrusions into their systems,” Whittaker reports. “Cook’s critique comes almost two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed wide-ranging domestic surveillance programs that tapped data from Silicon Valley companies. Apple was named in the leaked slides that detailed the PRISM surveillance program. ‘Our customers’ trust means everything to us. And we’ve spent decades earning that trust,’ Cook said.”
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