The Obama administration has one CEO hot under the collar. Tim Cook is refusing to back down on ‘unbreakable encryption’. Apple’s stance on encryption remains unchanged: Since iOS 8, Apple has made it so that it’s impossible for anyone (including itself) to be able to decrypt the data on an iOS device. For example, even if the government asked Apple to decrypt a user’s device (with iOS 8 and higher), it wouldn’t be able to.
FBI Director James Comey has been fighting against unbreakable encryption since becoming the Director. “Justice may be denied, because of a locked phone, or an encrypted hard drive,” Comey said during a speech in Washington. “The notion that the marketplace could create something that would prevent [a locked] closet from ever being opened, even with a properly obtained court order, makes no sense to me.”
Recently, Cook reiterated to TV correspondent Charlie Rose why end-to-end encryption is important:
“Here’s the situation is on your smartphone today, on your iPhone, there’s likely health information, there’s financial information. There are intimate conversations with your family, or your co-workers. There’s probably business secrets and you should have the ability to protect it. And the only way we know how to do that, is to encrypt it. Why is that? It’s because if there’s a way to get in, then somebody will find the way in. There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys.”
Cook went on to say he believes there is way to have both privacy and national security, although no one is clear on how that would work.