With the Snowden reports revealing that the government has access to our personal data and how they are allowed to submit requests to companies to request for even more data, we’re sure many of you guys out there are a little paranoid and not too happy that such practices are going on.
For the most part, tech companies such as Apple have come forward and claimed that they will be transparent when it comes to government requests, but yet there are many who are worried all the same. In fact the recent targeted iCloud hack seems to have cemented peoples’ opinions that our data isn’t as secure as we would like to think it is. Speaking to Charlie Rose in the second part of a two-part interview, Apple’s CEO has come forward to address some privacy concerns.
According to Cook, he states that Apple is not in the business of collecting information about you. He goes on to state that the company does not read your emails nor your iMessages. In fact he states that even if the government had requested for iMessage data, they couldn’t give it because they don’t have the key to its encryption.
“We’re not reading your email. We’re not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena to get iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have a key. And so it’s sort of — the door is closed.” Cook also adds that ultimately he is trying to avoid Apple being a “treasure trove” of information that the NSA can gain access to, but what do you guys think? Is this reassuring for you?