Gag Order on Apple
Earlier in the month it was reported that the NSA has spyware specifically designed to target iPhones.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is finally coming out about it, sort of. Apple continues to claim that they had no former knowledge of the program known as DROOUTJEEP, which supposedly gives complete access to everything, on the iPhone, to the NSA.
According to Cook the government has a “gag order on Apple and other tech companies that prevents them from really saying anything. Apple wants to be more transparent and let the public know exactly the amount and type of information being shared with the NSA, but they can’t.
In a recent ABC News interview the Apple CEO stated, “We need to be clear and we have a gag order on us right now, and so we can’t say those things.”
He claims that his company will push Congress for more transparency in order to clear their name and to let the public what is going on. Tim Cook insists that, “There is no back door. The government doesn’t have access to our servers.”
Late last year Tim Cook was one of 15 tech executives that was pushing for changes in the government surveillance programs. During that meeting President Obama once again stated that he believed in an open, free and innovative Internet. However, what he believes and says and what the Government has already enacted are not necessarily the same thing.
Apple continues to tell us that they plan “to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.” Apple also promises to continue improving their security to provide the best possible safety for their customers privacy.
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