Apple CEO Tim Cook challenges Obama with impassioned stand on privacy

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian:

The leaders of Apple’s fellow giants in the tech industry – including Facebook, Google and Microsoft – were not in attendance at the White House summit, in a sign seen by many as a snub to the president. But Cook had strong words in an address that directly preceded remarks from Obama.

“We still live in a world where all people are not treated equally. Too many people do not feel free to practice their religion or express their opinion or love who they choose,” he said.

“A world in which that information can make a difference between life and death,” Cook said. “If those of us in positions of responsibility fail to do everything in our power to protect the right of privacy, we risk something far more valuable than money. We risk our way of life.”

Damian Paletta and Danny Yadron, The Wall Street Journal:

Apple chief executive Tim Cook delivered a fiery speech at a White House summit on cybersecurity Friday, hammering those he said compromise the right to privacy and security of people around the world.

The speech sent a jolt through the summit, which up until Cook’s speech had consisted of pledges from government officials and business executives to work more closely together to stop breaches.

Thankfully there's a company - and a CEO - that's willing to stand up for what's right.