Ex-CIA Director thinks Apple is ‘generally in the right’ regarding encryption


James Woolsey

Apple is fighting a drawn-out battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over encryption. Turns out that at least one former director of the Central Intelligence Agency may see it Apple’s way, at least in part.

In a recent interview with CNBC, former CIA Director James Woolsey opined on the situation between Apple and the Justice Department, while at the same time making sure not to side with one or the other. However, Woolsey does say that when it comes to encryption, Apple is “generally in the right,” and goes on to say that despite what the FBI or DOJ is saying in court or in public areas, it looks like the agency is not simply trying to just get into one phone, but force Apple to make some sweeping changes to the way it builds, and rolls out, its mobile operating system, iOS.

“The last time I looked into the language on this with some care, it did seem to me as if the FBI was trying to get a right essentially to effectively decide what kind of an operating system Apple was going to have, and that they were not just trying to get into one phone. They were trying to change some important aspect of Apple’s operating system.”

While Woolsey isn’t going out of his way to say he’s on “Apple’s side,” he does say that Apple shouldn’t be forced to create a backdoor into its software — even to unlock just one phone. That is, technically, what Apple has been saying right from the start, though, adding on its own misgivings along the way.

You can check out the full interview through the source link below.

[via CNBC]

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