Apple's swoops with the law enforcement agencies in the United States are nothing new: since the world?s world, Ma defends tooth and nail (at least publicly) privacy of its users, while bodies like the FBI roll their eyes and say the world would be much easier if Tim Cook and his gang simply allowed unrestricted access to every potential suspect's devices.
No statement, however, sounds as heavy as that recently given by the US Deputy Attorney General (the second in the US Department of Justice hierarchy), Rod Rosenstein. In an interview with the Political Eric Geller, Rosenstein gave the following statement:
We cannot accept a culture in which technology companies see it as part of their responsibility to defeat legitimate law enforcement activities. Frustrating harmful or destructive activities that technology makes a moral imperative possible.
The prosecutor does not name Apple by name, but it is clear that Apple is the biggest advocate for user privacy among American tech giants the primary (if not the only) target of his speech. Perhaps he is referring to the specific episode in which Apple refused to create a backdoor in their systems for special access by the FBI and US law enforcement agencies, but I?m already speculating.
Whatever the validity of Rosenstein's views, the fact that Apple could not be further from a change in its position. On the contrary: the company is, together with several competitors, advocating a series of regulations for user data in addition to improving the security of its systems with each update. In other words, this cat-and-mouse fight has yet to continue for a long time.