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Apple vs. FBI case colors European debate about securing digital identity

Peter Sayer | Feb. 24, 2016
Although not present at Mobile World Congress, Apple still influenced the debate.

Next up was Pavel Durov, CEO of Berlin-based encrypted messaging company Telegram.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said it would be dangerous if the company were to provide the FBI with the tools that could help it to crack the passcode of the iPhone 5c, running iOS 9, by brute force. A court in California has ordered Apple to provide the required assistance to the FBI.

Asked about the Apple vs. FBI case, Durov didn't mince his words: "I definitely side with Tim Cook on this," he said to a smattering of applause. Segars' and Bouverot's responses had been greeted with silence from the audience.

"There's always going to be a risk that your iPhone could be stolen and people could use the data in it against you. If we increase the risk that an iPhone could be unlocked, it's extremely dangerous," Durov concluded.

 

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