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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Apple Boss Argues with US Government over Encryption

Apple Boss Argues with US Government over Encryption

Apple Boss Argues with US Government over Encryption

Added: Friday, January 15th, 2016
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Tim Cook has challenged the American government to adopt a policy of “no backdoors” in regard to the encryption technology used by Apple and other tech giants. Apple CEO announced his point of view at a recent meeting between the US administration officials and tech firms including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others.


Tim Cook harshly criticized suggestions that the encryption technology being used by tech firms might have “back doors” built in in order to fight terrorist use of encrypted communications. According to the media reports, there was a spirited exchange between Apple CEO and US attorney general Loretta Lynch, who allegedly responded to Cook’s comments with a warning about the required “balance” between privacy and national security.

Of course, clashes between Apple and the American agencies over encryption occurred before. Just a few months ago, Apple refused to comply with a court order that requested the company to hand over texts sent using iMessage between two iPhones due to iMessage’s encryption. A year before that, the FBI director James Comey criticized the company for the inclusion of end-to-end encryption in its iMessage system. He claimed that he sees no point in marketing a “closet that could never be opened”, even if it is about a child kidnapper and a court order. Comey then also voiced similar views about the encryption used in Google’s Android platform.

So, Apple CEO’s stance on privacy came as no surprise to the American government. A year ago, Cook warned of the “dire consequences” of sacrificing the right to privacy. Then, in June 2015, he defended strong-encryption technology, saying that undermining the ability of ordinary citizens to encrypt their data is incredibly dangerous. The problem is that if any back doors for the government are left, hackers can find and use them as well.

Indeed, everyone knows the extent of the hacking problem today. Criminals are using every technology tool to hack into someone else’s accounts, and if they know there’s a back door somewhere, they won’t stop until they find it. So, weakening encryption would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on the tech firms to protect their information. After the Paris attacks late last year, Apple teamed up with 60+ other tech giants to reject calls for weakening encryption.

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Date:  Friday, January 15th, 2016

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-01-15 14:33:06)
51N15T3R avatarNice article Sam, although I completely get what Tim is saying when it comes to weaker encryption effecting everyday citizen's. The typical motive and method behind breaching encryption should be considered before just eliminating or dismissing the possibility of it happening. *Point being, If only NSA had the technology (ie the physical capability) to De-crypt encrypted data I personally don't see a problem with that. I personally would never leave the back door open to house my house, But I wouldn't mind knowing that only the right people can get in when completely necessary...

posted by (2016-01-15 21:25:03)
Turbowater avatarWhen you look at the shady stuff that the US has done to private citizens the establishment doesn't agree with it's hard not to take issue even if it's only the NSA. Their charter is just too broad with regards to protecting America, it effectively means to protect the status quo.

posted by Blocked (2016-01-15 21:48:05)
Chlodio avatarfascinating stuff, since apple were some of the first to utilize a "backdoor" / "external command" of their devices camera / microphone / root systems, allowing them to turn off stolen devices, take photos, record audio, etc. without requiring an app.
always funny how firms try to find ways around their previous mistakes, especially when those ways involve outright lies to the public. way to drink the coolaid, sam.

posted by (2016-01-15 22:33:40)
No avatarIt is the American courts who demand access more than anything else. They want easy access to anything they can prosecute.

The NSA doesn't need back doors much. They have other means to gather intelligence.

I do not want ANYTHING I do to be viewed by anyone without my explicit permission beforehand.

In the use that falls under the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th amendments.

Back doors can be abused by private detectives more than anyone else.

And those PI's are frequently hired by the copyright nazi's...

If you want reasonable security then encrypt everything with open source encryption programs.

Apple is just like Microsoft - lots of hidden back doors and security vulnerabilities.

Linux (open source versions) rarely have those problems.

posted by (2016-01-16 05:50:45)
cggc avatarMaybe they were based more on the records of the public who visit the online network as banned sites if those who should not have them intrigue encriptions of backdoors to know all passwords a sses ...

posted by (2016-01-16 06:19:08)
sara24689 avatarthank

posted by (2016-01-17 19:59:04)
No avatar51N15T3R (But I wouldn't mind knowing that only the right people can get in when completely necessary...)

Are you serious , the only right people is your self, no Government or bureaucrat is the Right people , fool to believe they are.

posted by (2016-01-19 17:54:01)
51N15T3R avatar@russianfuk I understand what your saying, just don't get the wrong idea the analogy I chose is not the best. I just don't wan to end up a prisoner to my own security, Although in the physical perspective that still apples to my point considering that quantum computers could one day break what we call modern day encryption.

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