Last week, Tim Cook met with White House officials to discuss the use of technology and social media in fighting terrorism.
According to the reports from The Intercept, the Apple CEO criticized the White House for its stance on encryption. Cook told the White House officials that the administration should “come out and say ‘no backdoors'” in encryption. He also said that backdoors in any sort of encryption create an opening for bad guys to access the private information of consumers.
The company presented an almost impenetrable data encryption protocol with iOS 8, one that Apple itself is unable to crack even with the proper warrants.
According to the document obtained by The Intercept, summit members also discussed whether tech firms would like to enact “high level principles” relating to terrorists’ use of encryption, or technologies that “could make it harder for terrorists to use the internet to mobilize, facilitate, and operationalize.”
In addition to the Apple CEO, the meeting last Friday also included executives from Facebook, Twitter, Cloudflare, Google, Dropbox, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, as well as White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, NSA Director Michael Rogers, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
It is not the first time, the Apple CEO speaks about importance of privacy and security at the White House Cybersecurity Summit. Last month, Cook spoke to 60 Minutes about the importance for the company to protect its users’ personal information.