"If you halt or weaken encryption, the people that you hurt are not the folks that want to do bad things. It’s the good people. The other people know where to go," he said in an interview to The Telegraph.
The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is happy news for government snoops but not so for us. It allows the government to extract encrypted information from tech companies through warrants, thus ending end-to-end encryption using which companies themselves are unable to extract private data. Among the list of encrypted systems that the Government isn't comfortable with includes Apple's popular iMessage platform.
"We believe very strongly in end to end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails,” Cook added.
If companies like Apple, Facebook and Google cease end-to-end encryption, we may see them fall victim to frequent cyberattacks just like Vodafone and TalkTalk did recently. There is also a possibility that the Government's own IT and cyber security systems may be breached, leading to devastating consequences.
The recent hack of TalkTalk handed the hackers access to thousands of names, addresses and bank account numbers with sort codes. Imagine how you would feel if hackers got to read through all the conversations you've had with your near and dear ones in the past few years. It's a terrifying thought.