Tim Cook Says Apple Is Working With UK In Terror Investigations


The news that Apple is assisting United Kingdom law enforcement is not surprising but comes at a pivotal time.

In the interview, held after the first day of Apple's WWDC 2017, Cook was asked on Apple's stance regarding the issues of privacy and security amid the terror attacks happening around the world.

"We have been co-operating with the UK Government not only in law enforcement kind of matters but on some of the attacks", he said. He said that Apple responded promptly to all requests for data from the police (when, he added, "they've gone through the lawful process") and added that he hoped law enforcement "would say that we've been cooperating well". However, it has helped the government with information it has relating to the terror attacks.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured when three attackers ploughed a van into pedestrians before stabbing punters at nearby bars and restaurants in London Bridge on Saturday night.

Cook, however, did not reveal which attack (or attacks) he was referring to. There has been little detail on how the terrorists communicated with one another to plan the attacks, but Cook said that he believes Apple provided valuable information to the investigations.

The company was also involved in a stand-off with the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago over gaining access to the locked iPhone of a terror suspect.

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The environment wasn't the only political difference with Trump that Cook expressed during the interview.

Apple has assisted police in the United Kingdom investigate terrorists by sharing information about its users, the company has revealed. Cook sent an email to staff last week reassuring them that Apple would continue to protect the environment.

However, much of Cook's talk with Bloomberg centered on government affairs, including President Donald Trump's decision last week to remove the US from the Paris climate accord.

Cook further stated that encryption works differently than you might think as there is some scope for building the profile of an individual using metadata - not the exact info but some of it.

"He didn't decide what I wanted him to decide", Cook said of the president.