“In an exclusive interview with ABC News today, Apple CEO Tim Cook told ‘World News Tonight’ anchor David Muir that what the U.S. government was asking of the tech giant — to essentially create software enabling the FBI to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters — amounted to the ‘software equivalent of cancer,'” Enjoli Francis reports for ABC News.
The only way to get information — at least currently, the only way we know — would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer. We think it’s bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it — and that is what is at stake here. We believe that is a very dangerous operating system. — Apple CEO Tim Cook
“Last week, at the request of the Justice Department, a federal judge told Apple to assist law enforcement. However, the tech giant refused and vowed to fight the order, sparking a continuing fight between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. Cook today called the issue ‘complex’ but said the creation of such software would put hundreds of millions of customers at risk and ‘trample’ civil liberties,” Francis reports. “‘If a court can ask us to write this piece of software, think about what else they could ask us to write — maybe it’s an operating system for surveillance, maybe the ability for the law enforcement to turn on the camera,’ Cook said. ‘I don’t know where this stops. But I do know that this is not what should be happening in this country.'”
“Cook said that the issue was not just about privacy, but also about the public’s safety,” Francis reports. “‘This case is not about one phone,’ Cook said today. ‘This case is about the future. … If we knew a way to get the information on the phone — that we haven’t already given — if we knew a way to do this, that would not expose hundreds of millions of other people to issues, we would obviously do it. … Our job is to protect our customers.'”
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