People that hang gays an throw them off buildings? Apple’s openly gay CEO on privacy and terrorism and the intersection thereof, via Terrorists should be ‘eliminated’, says Apple’s Tim Cook – Telegraph. h/t JWF
Apple’s views on the subject stand in stark contrast to the position taken by Facebook and most other US tech giants, which are much more relaxed about these issues [privacy]. It is also entirely at odds with the position adopted by David Cameron and most governments around the world, who believe that they need ever-increasing monitoring powers to combat crime and terror, dismissing the concerns of civil libertarians.
Cook disagrees fundamentally. “None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access 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.”
“Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness.” He adds subsequently that “these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated.”
Yet he doesn’t accept the view that privacy needs to be compromised to combat the killers. There is no trade-off in his view because the terrorists already use their own encryption tools, which cannot be controlled by the UK or US. So forcing the likes of Apple to make their consumers’ data freely available to the authorities would do nothing to protect the public in the West.
“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.”
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