Tim Cook’s letter to customers

One of my Face­book friends post­ed the link to this inter­est­ing Tim Cook’s let­ter to Apple’s cus­tomers.

I am shocked by these two para­graphs:

…now the U.S. gov­ern­ment has asked us for some­thing we sim­ply do not have, and some­thing we con­sid­er too dan­ger­ous to cre­ate. They have asked us to build a back­door to the iPhone.

Specif­i­cal­ly, the FBI wants us to make a new ver­sion of the iPhone oper­at­ing sys­tem, cir­cum­vent­ing sev­er­al impor­tant secu­ri­ty fea­tures, and install it on an iPhone recov­ered dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion. In the wrong hands, this soft­ware — which does not exist today — would have the poten­tial to unlock any iPhone in someone’s phys­i­cal pos­ses­sion.

Despite the NSA news sto­ries, I found it hard to believe any high pro­file tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny hav­ing back­doors in their soft­ware. Or gov­ern­ments forc­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies to intro­duce back­doors. I thought all that is blown out of pro­por­tion and dra­mat­ic.

Now I believe gov­ern­ments can do this and have actu­al­ly done this.


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