US Senator Tom Cotton want a backdoor access for iMessage and Tim Cook says no to any attempts which clearly breach citizen’s right to privacy. Tom Cotton said Apple should be force to open their iMessage for authority which allow them to search for child pornographers, drug traffickers, and terrorists alike.

Apple is a distinctive company that has improved the lives of millions of Americans. But Tim Cook omitted critical facts about data encryption on 60 Minutes last night. He claimed that Apple does not comply with lawful subpoenas because it cannot. While it may be true that Apple doesn’t have access to encrypted data, that’s only because it designed its messaging service that way. As a society, we don’t allow phone companies to design their systems to avoid lawful, court-ordered searches. If we apply a different legal standard to companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook, we can expect them to become the preferred messaging services of child pornographers, drug traffickers, and terrorists alike–which neither these companies nor law enforcement want. Our society needs to address this urgent challenge now before more lives are lost or shattered. – Tom Cotton

Tim Cook on the other hand keep repeating Apple will not allow any attempt to breach individual privacy. It is not just Apple, users also not comfortable when authority peeking on your private messages because we do not know what they will do with our data.

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details – Tim Cook

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