Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again defended the company’s decision not to introduce a “backdoor” in its products, according tomedia reports. This backdoor allows law enforcement agencies to obtain information from the device during a criminal investigation.
At Apple’s annual general meeting, an attendee asked Cook to comment on allegations that the company did not fully cooperate with the investigation into the December shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
“We’re against that description,” Cook said at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. We have provided all the information in our hands for the requests we receive. Please don’t assume that we don’t have any assistance. “
Apple is locked in a standoff with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that the company failed to assist the Justice Department in the Pensacola case. Because Apple encrypts the devices it makes, law enforcement can’t fully access the contents of the devices, and that information can be of great value to the investigation.
In January, U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr both called on Apple to assist in the investigation. Mr Barr had previously said Apple had not provided any “material assistance” in the investigation.
The current administration is seeking to unlock an iPhone belonging to 21-year-old gunman Mohammed Alshamrani, hoping it will provide more details of the investigation.
Apple says it has provided the U.S. government with all the data on the gunman’s iCloud account. But the U.S. government says Apple’s data is not enough, and they need to unlock the gunman’s iPhone through a special back door that makes it easy for law enforcement to crack the iPhone’s encryption.
But Mr Cook said implanting a back door in the device could lead to follow-up problems, such as the mechanism being abused by people other than the judiciary. “You open a back door at home, so anyone can come in through the back door,” he told shareholders. Mobile phones are the same. “
Nowadays, more and more consumers are taking personal privacy seriously, and device and data security is seen by Apple as one of the key selling points for their devices. It’s not just Cook who opposes the introduction of backdoors in devices such as iPhones, many security experts say, a move that would put the privacy of every user in the world at risk by immediately a vulnerability that could be exploited on Apple’s devices. As Cook explains: “You can never set a back door for a good man.” “