An a new interview Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a stance against a new law proposed in the UK.
Apple got into hot water with governments and law enforcement over the iMessage end-to-end encryption. Apple says that there is no back door to decrypt and access the information. That means police cannot see what's on a suspect's iPhone. Governments cannot intercept terrorist communication. This is why UK's Prime Minister David Cameron wants to pass a new law that requires tech companies such as Apple to offer governments back doors into encrypted communication services.
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Tim Cook said in a new interview with the Irish Independent that he has no intention to introduce such back door. This is a tough stance at a time of another large scale terrorist attack that just happened in Paris.
Tim Cook says: "The UK government has been clear publicly that they are not seeking to weaken encryption. And so I take them at their word that they would not do that. And at the moment as you know, we encrypt iMessage end to end and we have no backdoor. And we have no intention of changing that."
Introducing a back door would weaken encryption for all users and exposes them to hacker attacks. Terrorist would continue to use encrypted messaging over services like Tor.
Tim Cook does not want to even think about the case the new law is going to pass. "I’m confident that they would not pass a bill that would weaken encryption because I take them at their word for it," he said.
After the Paris attack such a law can quickly gain a lot of traction that it previously did not have. Europe is under attack and government leaders are now discussing how to respond. Will the right to privacy weaken? It could happen and since Snowden we know that governments do not put high value on personal privacy.
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“I think Europe is leading the world on that topic and it’s great. I feel right at home when I come to Europe and talk about privacy," said Tim Cook. We will see how long Cook will feel at home in Europe.