Apple CEO: We Helped The U.K. Investigate Terrorist Attacks

by Abel Hampton June 7, 2017, 11:57

The news that Apple is assisting United Kingdom law enforcement is not surprising but comes at a pivotal time. While Cook said that he couldn't provide details on his company's efforts, he said that the United Kingdom government is using a "lawful process" to obtain data stored on his company's servers. He said that Apple responded promptly to all requests for data from the police (when, he added, "they've gone through the lawful process") and added that he hoped law enforcement "would say that we've been cooperating well".

Following the London Bridge terror attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said that technology companies must stop being a "safe space" for terror suspects. Last month, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people in Manchester after an Ariana Grande concert. Apple's high privacy standards and tough encryption have been criticized by law enforcement officials and the company clashed previous year in court with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the issue. However, Apple refused to do so, claiming that there is no way to guarantee control over such software that can bypass the iPhone's encryption.

"Between what's available today and what's coming later this year, Apple now has a much more polished and powerful lineup of Macs for creative professionals including those who work on heavy duty content like 3D renders and VR", Dawson said in comments provided to TheStreet.

The environment wasn't the only political difference with Trump that Cook expressed during the interview.

While he did not speak directly as to what insights Apple was able to provide, he implied that the metadata of user communications is information that could come in handy.

Cook also said he didn't join any of U.S. President Donald Trump's business advisory councils because he thinks those groups aren't "terribly productive".

"He didn't decide what I wanted him to decide", Cook said of the president.

Cook didn't specify which attacks led to the company's co-operation, but did state that there was useful information that could be shared in the form of metadata despite Apple's encryption policy.


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