Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed strong reservation about giving access to our digital world to the government. Mr. Cook was speaking at a cybersecurity summit where he made a strong push to protect user’s privacy instead of buckling under Government pressure.
The event was sponsored by the White House which was trying to make common ground by bringing together tech industry leaders, academic experts, and government leaders for dealing with law enforcement and national security desires for easy access to our personal data.
The stage was shared by many big tech company heads but only Mr. Cook did not hesitate to speak out and share his thoughts.
Mr. Cook said, “Everyone has a right to privacy and security.” Mr. Cook was forthright when he said that he did not support giving back door access to government agencies to personal data of the consumers.
Mr. Cook also questioned the logic of creating new security threats which will then be exploited by government and hackers alike. Mr. Cook advocated strong privacy and security measures to protect technology users
Tim went on to remind people in position of responsibility to do everything to protect the right of privacy. Privacy is something which is much more precious than money.
The Cupertino based company has already taken steps to prevent consumer data from being compromised by refusing to store data in a way that can be deciphered. Text based chats are also encrypted and Apple does not have the keys to read their contents since they are held only by the conversation participants.
Apple’s policy is sure to cause concerns within the Government agencies like the White House, Department of Justice, FBI, and CIA who demand unhindered access to personal files to solve crime and preempt terrorist threats.
Other CEO’s like Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, Google’s Larry Page, and Marissa Mayer from Yahoo! All tried to play safe and diplomatic. Neither did they speak at the summit and sent their deputies in their place as a belated method of protest.