Fruity cargo cult Apple has said that it will fight David Cameron’s daft law to force it to hand over encryption keys so that the UK government can read fanboy’s emails to their mothers saying they will be home late from their paper round.
The cult’s Grand Mufti Chief Executive Tim Cook said that Apple was opposed to a new British law it says would create vulnerabilities hackers could exploit.
Britain last week unveiled a draft surveillance bill that would place explicit obligations on service providers to help intercept data and hack suspects’ devices, potentially undermining the end-to-end encryption on Apple’s iMessages.
Cook said the law would mean that Apple would need to create a “back door” in the encryption to comply and that this would expose data to hackers.
“If you leave a back door in the software, there is no such thing as a back door for good guys only. “If there is a back door, anyone can come in the back door.”
“We believe that the safest approach for the world is to encrypt end to end with no back door. We think that protects the most people,” he said
Experts say parts of the new bill goes beyond the powers available to security services in the United States and critics have denounced it as an assault on privacy. The British government says the law is vital to keep the country safe.
The Director of Britain’s eavesdropping agency GCHQ said Cook’s claim that the law demanded a ban on encryption, encouraged vulnerabilities and required security products to have “backdoors” to allow monitoring by spies were all myths.
Robert Hannigan said that the law says that information needed for national security and serious crime purposes should not be beyond the lawful, warranted reach of the state when the need arises.
Cook said if Apple’s encryption were undermined, then the “bad guys” the British government is seeking to intercept will simply use alternative encryption tools.
“If you close down the major companies from using encryption, the bad guys aren’t going to stop using encryption. They are just going to go to another source.”
Cook did not specifically say whether or not Apple would cooperate with the British government. But he did say there was some ambiguity in the bill as published, which means that Apple would find a way around it.