VOCAL APPLE CEO Tim Cook is continuing to wring attention out of this will-they-won't-they-why-don't-they unlock the iPhone passcode story, and has begun dropping the C-bomb.
Yup, like Turbo B, the MC of big in the 1990s group Snap, Cook has taken to comparing the seriousness of the iPhone unlocking situation to the serious illness that is cancer. He did this on ABC News as part of the iPhone privacy, encryption, security roadshow.
"The only way to get information [from a locked iPhone], at least currently the only way we know, would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer," he said.
"We think it's bad news to write it. We would never write it. We have never written it, and that is what is at stake here. We believe that is a very dangerous operating system."
It's a precedent, but is it like cancer? Well, that's a stretch. It's a very big deal for the industry right now and Cook's refusal to apply a 200-year-old catch-all law to a five-year-old piece of technology has vocal support and opposition.
"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.
"I don't know where this stops. But I do know that this is not what should be happening in this country."
Why stop there, Tim? If this is as serious as cancer surely there are a whole load of other things we could compare it to? For example: 'We view this as sort of equivalent to Godzilla rampaging around, reaching into people's houses and stealing and eating their children.' Or 'We view this as sort of equivalent to stale crisps and flat cola.'
The INQUIRER feels it appropriate to report that Snap compared cancer to rhythm is a dancer. You could probably argue against this too. µ
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