February 25, 2016

Quote of the Month: Tim Cook

“The only way to get information – at least currently, the only way we know – would be to write a piece of software that we view as…the equivalent of cancer.” – Tim Cook.

By Justin H.

Normally, we’d hit you with a more traditional, inspirational quote for our Quote of the Month article. This installment is inspirational in an entirely different way, as it has come amidst a heap of controversy and, ironically, united many of the giants in the often-divisive tech industry.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been making headlines this month regarding an extremely controversial issue and his bold stand on it. Cook recently sat down for an extensive interview with ABC News and detailed his position on the now infamous FBI-Apple standoff.

Earlier this month, the FBI called for Apple to assist in hacking into the iPhone of Syed Farook, the man who killed 14 people in the recent San Bernardino shooting in December. The FBI was unable to crack the passcode on its own, since iPhones have a setting that erases the access key and turns the phone into a lemon after 10 failed hacking attempts.

At the request of the Justice Department, a federal judge ordered Apple to help out law enforcement and crack the perpetrator’s phone. Cook refused and fought the order, setting a precedent that no matter how extreme the circumstances may be, invading privacy is a slippery slope that the tech industry – and America, as a whole – does not want to go down. Even Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke out in support of Cook, a rare instance when the two largest tech giants saw eye to eye.

“If a court can ask us to write this piece of software, think about what else they could ask us to write – maybe it’s an operating system for surveillance, maybe the ability for the law enforcement to turn on the camera,” Cook said.

Apple did in fact help the FBI, but creating a function allowing the company to unlock any iPhone at any time would never be something Apple buys into.

“This case is not about one phone. This case is about the future. If we knew a way to get the information on the phone – that we haven’t already given – if we knew a way to do this, that would not expose hundreds of millions of other people to issues, we would obviously do it,” Cook said. “Our job is to protect our customers.”

Boom. Protecting the people is what it’s all about. That is the main takeaway of our Quote of the Month. You can’t build a successful and reputable business without always considering the best needs of your customers and employees!

What do you think about this whole encryption scandal? Do you think Tim Cook did the right thing? Let us know in the comment section below!

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