With the government spies admittedly “collecting data” and intimations of corporate collusion on NSA backdoors, it isn’t surprising that Apple’s customers are concerned. Little wonder then CEO Tim Cook took time respond to an email on the subject.
On Jul 11, 2013, at 11:45 AM, James ****** <*******@me.com> wrote:
Hi, I hope you don’t mind me emailing as I couldn’t think of where to ask. I just read that Google have let the NSA install software into Android for surveillance purposes. I was wondering if iOS had the same or similar software built in? It’s kinda scary to think of a government in my phone.
Thanks for your time. James.
Tim Cook replied:
No–we do not take source code from any government.
Sent from my iPad
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the exchange between Redditor “jim2v” and Tim Cook isn’t the reply, but rather how the question gets set up — ‘Android an NSA backdoor, does iOS?’
Of course, Tim said, “no.”
However, as correctly noted by jim2v, Android does include NSA provided code, though both searchzilla and the government deny its an NSA backdoor or anything in the least bit nefarious…
Yet another reason to buy an iPhone?