AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Says Tech Companies Should Not Have Any Say In Encryption Debate

[ Ars Technica ] Jon Brodkin:

“I don’t think it is Silicon Valley’s decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do,” Stephenson said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “I understand [Apple CEO] Tim Cook’s decision, but I don’t think it’s his decision to make.”

In Tim Cook Shows Courage on Encryption I wrote:

Tim Cook is against designing in special backdoors for law enforcement.

Here’s a doozy via John Gruber about a New York Times article back in August 2015 reporting on AT&T’s ‘extraordinary’ relationship with the National Security Agency:

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

Not surprisingly AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson denies it as ‘silliness’. Hmm… I’m on U-verse.