“In mid-January we posted a report titled ‘Apple’s CEO Rebukes Washington’s need for ‘Balance’ between National Security and Consumer Privacy,'” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “While National Security officials had met with leading tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft, Apple’s CEO lashed out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials about the lack of support for unbreakable encryption.”
“Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded strongly to Cook by speaking of the necessary need for ‘balance’ between privacy and national security, that Cook had no interest in. Then earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she was disappointed by a federal judge’s ruling that the government can’t compel Apple Inc. to help investigators extract data from a locked iPhone,” Purcher reports. “In a Q&A session Lynch stated: ‘Do we let one company, no matter how great the company, no matter how beautiful their devices, decide this issue for all of us?’ The tension between Apple and the Obama administration spilled over today when the President spoke about their new Cybersecurity Initiatives and purposely listed tech leaders they’re working with… ‘We’re going to work throughout this process to make sure that security also means privacy. So with the help of companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Visa, we’re going to empower Americans to be able to help themselves and make sure that they are safe online with an extra layer of security, like a fingerprint or a code sent to your cellphone.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Government bedfellows noted. Since we’re avoiding most of them 100% already (Visa may now have to join our list), we suggest you do the same if you value your privacy.