Apple’s Tim Cook harshly Criticizes Facebook, Google, Government Over Personal Privacy – Fortune
Apple boss Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government Tuesday, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy.
In a speech seemingly aimed at differentiating Apple’s corporate culture from some of its biggest rivals in Silicon Valley, Cook stepped up his criticisms of those who fund their business models by monetizing users’ data.
“We at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook said. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”
Later in the article, Cook made this great, insightful comment:
“Removing encryption tools from our products altogether, as some in Washington would like us to do, would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data,” Cook said. “The bad guys will still encrypt; it’s easy to do and readily available.”
Read that again if need be. If the bad guys can easily encrypt their communications, and the government knows this, then why do they still insist that average American citizens not have their data encrypted? Wake up Americans! To paraphrase Kanye West when he accused Bush of not caring about black people, the U.S. Government does not care about Americans.