Apple boss Tim Cook reacted to a court order FBI got to force the company to unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, alongside his wife, killed 14 people in San Bernardino last December. Cook said he first learned of the court order when it was reported in the news media, ABC reported.
“I don’t think that’s the way the railroad should be run,” he said.
“I don’t think that something so important to this country should be handled in this way.”
British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC said a source told it that Cook’s claim was “simply not true”, and that Apple’s legal team was “the first to know”
Mr Cook was defending the company’s refusal to comply with the FBI’s order that it remove security blocks on Farook’s device so data on it could be accessed.
He said the FBI was asking the company to make “the software equivalent of cancer”.
“I think safety of the public is incredibly important,” Cook was reported to have told ABC.
“The protection of people’s data is incredibly important. And so the trade-off here is we know that doing this could expose people to incredible vulnerabilities.”
When asked if he was concerned Apple may hinder investigations that could prevent a future attack, Mr Cook said: “Some things are hard and some things are right. And some things are both. This is one of those things.”
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