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Tim Cook: The Threat of Terrorism Should Not Scare Citizens Into Giving Up Their Privacy

Tim Cook: The Threat of Terrorism Should Not Scare Citizens Into Giving Up Their Privacy

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Apple CEO Tim Cook offered his opinions on the importance of privacy and the need to protect civil liberties in an interview with The Telegraph.

Governments are increasingly claiming that they need monitoring powers to combat crime and terror. Cook said he fundamentally disagrees.

“None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn't give it up. We shouldn't give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.”

“History has taught us that privacy breaches have resulted in very dire consequences. You don’t have to look back too far or be a historian to see these things. They are readily apparent.”

When asked about giving up privacy to combat terrorism, Cook said:

“Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness.” He added that “these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated."

Cook notes that terrorists are already encrypting their data, so forcing Apple to make its customers data available to the authorities would do nothing to protect the public.

“Terrorists will encrypt. They know what to do. If we don’t encrypt, the people we affect [by cracking down on privacy] are the good people. They are the 99.999pc of people who are good.”

If Apple didn't encrypt users' private financial, health and personal information, Cook said it would inevitably "be taken".

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Tim Cook: The Threat of Terrorism Should Not Scare Citizens Into Giving Up Their Privacy

Apple is Samsung with a Pretty Face - March 1, 2015 at 3:13pm
Funny that he says this, after Edward Snowden has already proven that Apple iPhones have embedded software that only the NSA can access to activate your microphone.
Apple is Hendo with a big mind - March 1, 2015 at 3:17pm
Funny how you try to prove it when it was once said NSA has failed to break into any phone.
JoshvanHulst - March 2, 2015 at 5:20pm
I think Apple did not address the issues and the NSA used the DROPOUT JEEP to steal loads of data from users amounst also investing in fake cell phone tower repeaters to download user's data from their connections. I am sure they stole all the Gemalto SIMcard encryption data that way by intercepting data that was routed to the carriers
Pink Cook - February 28, 2015 at 11:41pm
NSA has failed anyway.
Butterspider - February 28, 2015 at 11:37pm
Him that gives up rights for security has neither
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