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Cook: Unlocking is "bad for America"

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 01:20

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he would take his fight with the FBI over privacy all the way to the Supreme Court. Fred Katayama reports.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook making his case before the camera for the first time. In an interview on ABC News' "World News Tonight wtih David Muir," Wednesday night, he said that helping the FBI unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter would be "bad for America." SOUNDBITE: TIM COOK, CEO, APPLE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "What is its stake here is can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe would make millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the U.S." Cook said he would talk to President Obama about it and fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court. Apple faces a federal court order to devise a software solution to help the FBI access encyrpted information on Rizwan Farook's phone. Amid this showdown pitting security against privacy, the New York Times reports that Apple engineers are working on ways to make it impossible for the government to hack iPhones. And industry experts say a government victory in the case could spur tech companies to invest in developing security systems that even their own engineers can't access. The relevations two years ago by ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden about government spying through U.S. companies have accelerated tech companies' efforts to implement encryption. Apple has until Friday to respond to the court order.

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Cook: Unlocking is "bad for America"

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 01:20