Apple CEO stands firm against the FBI, says a backdoor software could be a threat to national securityAbc News aired an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook on February 24 regarding his decision against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI wants Apple to build a backdoor entrance to San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. However, according to Mr. Cook, the “software equivalent to cancer” would put everyone at risk.
According to the FBI and the victim’s families, the phone may possess vital information, names, and data that may stop future terrorist activities. However, Mr. Cook believes that the software might be abused if it gets in wrong hands, which would subsequently put the privacy and national security of every iPhone user at stake. It would even jeopardize the rights of international users.
"The only way to get information at least currently, the only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer. We think it is bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it and that is what is at stake here. We believe that is a very dangerous operating system," He said.
It is not like the CEO is not concerned about the future of the country. He has absolutely no sympathy with those who take innocent lives; however, he also cares about others who will be at risk because of the company. According to Mr. Cook, a smartphone has a lot of data about a person and their family.
There are already over 176 smartphones people want access of, as per Mr. Cook. The government itself has had issues in hacking the phones, so how such a lethal weapon could be kept safe? Also, he believes if Apple gives in today, then the authorities might pressure another company in the future.
“We gave everything that we had, we don't know that there's any information on the phone. We don't know whether there is or there isn't, and the FBI doesn't know. What we do know is we passed all of the information that we have on the phone and to get additional information on it or at least, what the FBI would like us to do now would expose hundreds of millions of people to issues. The issue was not just about privacy, but also about the public's safety,” Mr. Cook claimed.
"This case is not about one phone; this case is about the future. If we knew a way to get the information on the phone, which we haven't already given, if we knew a way to do this, which would not expose hundreds of millions of other people to issues, we would obviously do it. Our job is to protect our customers."