[ 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.
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.