More than a year ago, we learned that the NSA and FBI were spying on citizens of the U.S. through a data collection program called PRISM. At the time, companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook were named as participants, knowingly or unknowingly, in the scandal.
Since then, Apple has gone above-and-beyond to make sure that there is no possible way that the government could collect user data. Just a few months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter on customer privacy where he described just how hard it would be for anyone, including the government, to access our personal data on devices running iOS 8. “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” wrote Cook. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.” He also noted in an interview with Charlie Rose in September that Apple literally could not comply with government subpoenas because user data is encrypted and “we don’t have the key.”