Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cook Is Wrong

The shooters in the San Bernardino terror attacks used an encrypted iPhone from Apple. The FBI has been unable to decrypt it to learn with whom they were conspiring.

The FBI has asked Apple to write a workaround to enable decryption. Apple CEO Tim Cook has unwisely refused, claiming it would endanger customer privacy. Notice he did not claim it wasn't possible, only that it was, in his opinion, unwise.

It is high time a Federal judge ordered Apple to comply. Since Apple refuses, the judge should jail Cook for contempt of court until Apple delivers the goods. Editorially, Bloomberg View agrees Apple should cooperate.