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Tim Cook says NSA doesn`t have `back door access` to Apple servers

Last Updated: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 14:22

Washington: In response to the highly controversial NSA revelations that exposed the government`s alleged access to the servers of tech companies, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly denied the claims and said that there is no `back door` access to Apple servers.

Cook, in his yet-to-be-aired interview with a news organization, said that the government doesn`t have access to the company`s servers and they would have to cart them out in a box for that.
According to Tech Crunch, ABC News` David Muir asked the tech giant`s head about his biggest concern with the alleged mass snoop-ops in the US, to which Cook replied that he had been insisting on greater transparency in terms of the programmes.

Cook said that he wants to be transparent, because it would help put everything in perspective.
The revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the US government`s PRISM programme, under which large-scale data about citizens` web usage data was collected by the intelligence agencies bypassing privacy laws.

Following the leaks, the tech companies were compelled to release their transparency reports stating how many government orders they allegedly received in a particular time period for users` data.

Recently, the changes announced by US President Barack Obama to the way the NSA collected snoop-data were largely criticized for being `insufficient` in thwarting the almost `Orwellian` surveillance programmes.

First Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 14:22
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