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Apple to UK: It's dangerous to open back door to government

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Staff writer ▼ | December 22, 2015
Tim Cook
Security   Apple is sending a message to the United Kingdom

Apple CEO Tim Cook told 60 Minutes that Apple can't hand over encrypted info to governments, rejecting the idea of a “back door” built into software.

Apple is sending that message to the United Kingdom, going on record to express concern that a proposed investigatory powers bill could expose “personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens,” Macworld reports.

The bill is currently in committee in the UK's House of Commons, and Apple sent its concerns to that committee, suggesting changes. The proposed bill would allow the government to demand access to iMessage, which currently features end-to-end encryption. That would weaken iMessage's security, and not just for bad actors—for everyone.

“The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the proptections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.”

The bill would even grant official authority to the government to hack computers anywhere in the world, and require companies like Apple to help it do so.

“It would place businesses like Apple, whose relationship with customers is in part built on a sense of trust about how data will be handled, in a very difficult position.”


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