Another politician who has no idea what the issues are, how to explain them, how to create solutions. I don’t know who deserves more blame; voters or politicians. Senator Tom Cotton (Republican) of Arkansas:
Apple is a distinctive company that has improved the lives of millions of Americans. But Tim Cook omitted critical facts about data encryption on 60 Minutes last night. He claimed that Apple does not comply with lawful subpoenas because it cannot. While it may be true that Apple doesn’t have access to encrypted data, that’s only because it designed its messaging service that way. As a society, we don’t allow phone companies to design their systems to avoid lawful, court-ordered searches. If we apply a different legal standard to companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook, we can expect them to become the preferred messaging services of child pornographers, drug traffickers, and terrorists alike–which neither these companies nor law enforcement want. Our society needs to address this urgent challenge now before more lives are lost or shattered.
Cook did not omit anything. How much did 60 Minutes edit from the interview. Apple is on record that privacy is more important than security fishing expeditions, but let’s examine the worst case scenario. If the government gets back door access to encrypted communication and files on our iPhones then what will criminals and terrorists use instead?
The game starts anew. Why don’t politicians know that?