Apple boss Cook says he'll resist UK government spy law plan

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DUBLIN (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook says his company will resist the British government's efforts to get access to encrypted data through a new spying law.

Last week, Britain published a draft law that seeks to ensure telecoms companies "provide wider assistance to law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies in the interests of national security."

That worries firms like Apple, whose iMessage service offers "end to end" encryption, meaning the company doesn't have the ability to read messages sent over the app.

Cook told students at Trinity College Dublin that Apple didn't plan to introduce a "back door" ability to decrypt the messages.

He said weaker encryption would be bad for online security, because "there's no such thing as a back door for the good guys only."