UK PM makes Apple CEO Tim Cook a global privacy champ

Safe as houses?

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Some say that in sacrificing freedoms such as privacy in reaction to terrorism we allow fear – and, thus, terrorism – to win.

Collision course

We appear to be on a collision course in which Apple and Cook will need to resist demands to break customer privacy. This could be a big struggle, particularly when you recall Cook told ABC News: “The government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that.”

Any such attempt is likely to end up in the courts, and this is no good for Apple or for many other tech firms. Speaking to The Guardian, one industry insider said: “I think if you’re saying that encryption is the problem, at a time when consumers and businesses see encryption as a very necessary part of trust online, that’s a very indicative point of view.”

This damage isn’t confined to tech – most UK businesses use some form of cloud service, and they will not want their valuable corporate secrets potentially exposed to anyone who can get a key.

Willingly or not, Apple (and others) face a huge fight as they try to maintain privacy and security. Your future will be defined by these events. In fact, it appears very much that the concepts of online security and privacy are now fighting for their lives. And the UK PM just (inadvertently) made Tim Cook the champion of their cause.

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