Tim Cook Tells White House Snoopers to Wake Up and Back Encryption

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Tim Cook tends to get a lot of stick, mainly because he isn’t Steve Jobs, but you have to applaud him for his stance on government snooping. The Apple CEO reportedly chastised anti-encryption White House officials last week over their lack of understanding of online communications and a perceived lack of leadership.

He allegedly told the group, which included White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI director James Comey, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, NSA Director Michael Rogers, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, to defend the use of unbreakable encryption, arguing that the backdoors demanded by spies would eventually be exploited by criminals.

This, of course, isn’t the first time Apple has spoken out against snoopy government agencies. "Strong encryption is vital to protecting people from malicious actors," wrote Apple in December. "[The draft Investigatory Powers Bill] threatens to hurt law-abiding citizens in its effort to combat the very few bad actors who have a variety of ways to carry out their attacks."

However, it looks the company’s fighting a losing battle. Lynch apparently responded by talking about reaching a 'balance' between privacy and national security, while Comey was too busy picking his nose and shouting about terrorism (just kidding). [Intercept]

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