Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said in an interview that it was rather unfortunate that the FBI’s attempt to force Apple to divulge data in the iPhone of a terrorist in 2016 did not result in a trial. He said that had this happened, the public would have been able to witness the full truth.
Speaking at a conference Tuesday, Cook talked about Syed Farook, the terrorist, who was responsible for injuring 22 and killing 14 people in San Bernadino. Apple had opposed the FBI’s move, claiming that providing the FBI with the access it wanted was like providing a master key with capabilities of unlocking all iPhones.
The phone was cracked by an anonymous person or company and handed to the DoJ, thus leading the case to be dropped from a hearing.
Cook said that the inspector-general’s reports confirmed his fears that the case had been rigged from the start. He considered government action against the company to be dishonest in nature and said he had never seen anything like this before.
The inspector general’s report referenced by Cook suggested that the FBI’s departments were nearly able to crack security measures on Farook’s iPhone 5C. However, this data was never made public as a result of miscommunication.
FBI is worried that nefarious elements would use these encryption technologies, available from these tech companies to wipe out evidence from their computers or phones, thus denying law-enforcement access to important information.
The official term for this is ‘going dark’. The situation has become a stalemate, since advanced encryption features are added and updated constantly on products from Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google and others.
Cook has called for regulations of privacy by the government. He has also held that Apple is willing to fight FBI if a case of a similar nature is brought up again.