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Tim Cook, Apple Inc. Chief Executive firmly stated months ago that there is no backdoor in Apple systems. He reiterated this statement last week, stressing that there is no secret access that the NSA or other agencies can use to get at Apple users’ data. He also said that a lot of the other accusations made against Apple regarding user data are not true.
Apple User Data and the NSA
Cook insists that the government cannot access the data that is on Apple servers. This is contrary to the reports on the leaked Snowden documents. The documents named Apple as one of the nine major Internet companies involved in the NSA’s PRISM program. They also showed the NSA’s ability to tap almost all data transmissions coming from Apple’s iPhone. The program that allowed the NSA to to control iPhone cameras and microphones and to intercept contacts, SMS and voicemail was even named in the documents – DROPOUT JEEP. Cook was very confident when he gave his statement to ABC’s Diane Sawyer. He implied that the government would have to go into Apple and physically remove files for them to get anything. Then he followed up by saying that this was not a possibility.
VPN Sales Continue to Climb
Users are still very uneasy about trusting any of the nine companies mentioned in the Snowden documents. After the first revelations about PRISM in June of 2013, VPN sales spiked. Since then, even after company and government explanations, VPN sales have continued to climb. Cook maintains that Apple is doing all it can to press the government to allow them to reveal details of their data agreements to users. Users are still wary, however, in light of the continued discrepancies between what the leaked documents prove and what Apple and other companies are saying. Polls following VPN sales show that users are indeed relying on VPNs because they cannot trust their data to any company or government agency.