Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending his opposition to providing intelligence agencies with backdoors to access encrypted information on his company’s products.
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, in which assailants are believed to have used encrypted devices to avoid government surveillance, politicians and law enforcement agencies have called for measures to prevent tech companies from fully encrypting users’ communications.
“There have been people that suggest that we should have a backdoor. But the reality is if you put a backdoor in, that backdoor's for everybody, for good guys and bad guys,” Cook said in an interview with “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday.
Cook has reiterated his support for encryption since the Nov. 13 attack, which left 130 dead.
He said the choice between privacy and national security is a false one.
“I don’t believe the trade-off here is privacy versus national security,” he said, adding that’s an “overly simplistic view.”
“We’re America. We should have both.”
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