Apple’s Tim Cook interview on NSA begins with “no back door”

Jan 24, 2014
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Today on the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Mac computer to the world by Apple, Tim Cook has taken to ABC to speak not only about oddities like Sapphire Crystal, he's come to speak about the NSA as well. After having actually headed to the White House on the 17th of December, 2013, to speak with the President about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, here Cook suggests that he wishes he could say more.

Perhaps the most telling moment in the interview - that'll be shown in full tonight - is the line "I do want to be transparent, because I think transparency would help put everything in perspective." Cook spoke - as far as he could - on what access the United States government does have insofar as Apple's products and the data they hold and transmit as well.

ABC's David Muir: "What is your biggest concern with the surveillance program here in this country?"

Tim Cook: "I’ve been pushing very, very hard to open the books and be totally transparent. Much of what has been said isn’t true. There is no back door. The government doesn’t have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that.

And that just will not happen - we feel that strongly about it. But I do want to be transparent, because I think transparency would help put everything in perspective."

Cutting this bit extremely short, ABC had Cook add that he would certainly let them know everything he knows about the NSA and government surveillance, so to speak.

David Muir: "Do you think Americans, Tim, would be more at ease if you could tell them more?”

Tim Cook: "I do."

Have a peek at additional bits and pieces from the recent past concerning the NSA and Apple's part in this whole puzzle. Then stick around as we continue to find out what Cook is able to share and will share in the immediate future.


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