Apple CEO praised for rejecting FBI's request to build 'backdoor' into iPhone

Chief executive Tim Cook published an open letter on the Apple website yesterday (16 February) revealing that the FBI has asked the firm to build a new version of iOS so the bureau can bypass existing security.

The Apple boss said the FBI was planning to force Apple to build so-called backdoors - equivalent to a digital master key - into the iPhone using the All Writs Act of 1789, something Cook said the company was not willing to do.

"We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them," Cook wrote on the Apple website.

"But now the US government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone."

Cook argued that building a backdoor would be too dangerous as it would allow criminals to develop tools that unlock any iPhone in their possession.

The CEO's open letter helps position the firm as the leader of pro-encryption and it has been praised by those in the data security, development and technology fields on social media:

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