Apple CEO Tim Cook opposes government back door to encryption

“Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending his opposition to providing intelligence agencies with back doors to access encrypted information on his company’s products,” Bradford Richardson reports for The Hill.

“Cook said providing a backdoor to encryption would aid both law-enforcement agencies and the terrorists they are working to stop,” Richardson reports. “‘There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys,’ Cook said in an interview with “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday.”

“He said the choice between privacy and national security is a false one,” Richardson reports. “‘I don’t believe the tradeoff here is privacy versus national security,’ he said, adding that’s an ‘overly simplistic view… We’re America. We should have both.'”

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  1. I think it’s hilarious that the government first had panels discussing how phone makers should be required to make phones more secure/theft proof..then complain that phones are now too secure/theft

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