Apple Boss Says David Cameron's Investigatory Powers Bill Will Actually Help Terrorists

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Tim Cook has torn into (not literally) the draft Investigatory Powers bill, saying it will actually help cybercriminals, rather than hold them back. Apple’s CEO, who recently decided to position himself as a defender of freedom, reckons the government doesn’t actually realise how terrible the consequences of its proposed new laws will be.

If Theresa May’s plans are approved and accepted by MPs, spies and police officers will soon be able to access the data on all of our smartphones and computers. That's because Internet companies, social networks and ISPs will be legally obliged to de-encrypt our communications. However, if David Cameron doesn’t want some of his colleagues to be spied on, he can simply throw his blanket of protection over them.

“These things are becoming more frequent,” Cook said this week. “They can not only result in privacy breaches but also security issues. We believe very strongly in end-to-end encryption and no back doors. We don't think people want us to read their messages. We don't feel we have the right to read their emails. Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”

Cook also hinted at the future launch of an Apple-branded medical device and, ahead of the iPad Pro’s market entry, took a few seconds to say that the PC is dead. [Telegraph]