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Jun 10 2017 by Joanne Wise
In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook stated Apple has been responding to all data requests from United Kingdom police and added that the United Kingdom has gone through "the lawful process" in order to obtain this data.
In the interview, held after the first day of Apple's WWDC 2017, Cook was asked on Apple's stance regarding the issues of privacy and security amid the terrorattacks happening around the world. Last month, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people in Manchester after an Ariana Grande concert. Five people were killed in a auto and knife attack on London's Westminster Bridge in March. In March, a lone attacker rammed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.
Cook, however, did not reveal which attack (or attacks) he was referring to. Last year, Apple had a major row with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was seeking information on a California gunman who had an iPhone.
Cook said on Monday that Apple's encryption is misunderstood.
Cook, however, clarified that providing metadata is different from breaking encryption.
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This means the actual content of the messages cannot be shared, but the context of those messages can - including when a message was sent, from where, and to who.
Apple says its tough encryption is created to protect customer privacy. However, it has helped the government with information it has relating to the terror attacks.
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Cook's interview with Bloomberg was focused on discussing affairs related to politics and government, where the topic of Donald Trump's decision of removing US out of the Paris climate accord was also discussed.