Apple’s Tim Cook defends decision to fight DOJ on iPhone ‘backdoor’ – Yahoo Money

Apple’s Tim Cook defends decision to fight DOJ on iPhone ‘backdoor’ – Yahoo Money

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More Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook again defended his company’s decision not to introduce a so-called “backdoor” to its products that would give law enforcement greater access to the tech giant’s devices during criminal investigations. Cook was asked by a participant at the company’s annual shareholders meeting to comment on accusations that it wasn’t fully cooperating with the investigation into a shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, in December. “We take exception to the characterization, ” Cook told the audience at the event held at Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters. “We have supplied all of the information we have on all of the requests we have received, ” he said. “Don't think for a second that we have something that we aren't giving.” Apple has been in a continuous standoff with the Department of Justice over accusations that it isn’t working to aid the department in the Pensacola investigation because it encrypts its devices, preventing law enforcement officials from fully accessing content they see as potentially valuable. In January both President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr called on Apple to assist with its investigation, with Barr saying the company hadn’t provided any “substantive assistance” in ....

“What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone, ” the billboard stated. It’s not just Cook who opposes a backdoor mechanism for devices like the iPhone. Security experts across the spectrum say such a move would immediately create an exploitable vulnerability in Apple’s devices, putting the privacy of every user around the world at risk.  What’s more, if Apple gave the U.S. access to a backdoor, authoritarian regimes such as the Chinese government could use the tool to spy on dissenters. As Cook himself explained, “You can never have a backdoor just for the good guys.” More from Dan: Got a tip? Email Daniel Howley at [email protected] or [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @DanielHowley. Follow Yahoo Finance on Twitter,  Facebook,  Instagram,  Flipboard,  SmartNews,  LinkedIn,  YouTube, and reddit. . .

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