“The Intercept recently reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a private meeting with White House officials and other technology leaders, criticized the federal government’s stance on encryption and technology back doors,” Rich Mogull writes for TidBITS.
“This is just the latest in Apple’s spats with the government over encryption,” Mogull writes. “We are in the midst of fundamentally redefining the relationship between governments and citizens in the face of technological upheavals in human communications. Other technology leaders are relatively quiet on the issue because they lack the ground to stand on. Not due to personal preferences or business compromises, but because of their business models, and lack of demand from us, their customers.”
“There’s probably even more to Apple’s stance on encryption than the company’s business model and desire to promote a competitive advantage,” Mogull writes. “My opinion, without having ever talked with Tim Cook, is that this is at least partially social activism on his part. I suspect that this is an issue he personally cares about, and he has the soapbox of one of the most powerful and popular companies in the world under his feet.”
Muchd more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: If so, we should be even more grateful that Steve Jobs had the foresight to make Tim Cook Apple’s CEO.
Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
Visit the Apple-backed reformgovernmentsurveillance.com today.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]