Tim Cook: “There is no backdoor, the government doesn’t have access”

This week, Tim Cook went on ABC News to declare that the NSA and its associated departments have not been able to install a backdoor on any of their servers, located both on and off the campus of the gadget generating giant. After tasking his engineers to the case of finding out exactly how the NSA might have gotten in or where their backdoor may have been installed, they came up with bupkis.

Although upfront it may look like Apple and its iCloud service are the two best options when it comes to where you can leave your data and feel safe about it, users shouldn’t so quickly forget that just last month Edward Snowden released documents which suggest the agency has a “100% success rate” breaking into any iPhone it wants, regardless of the version or iOS installation. This means that even if you are backing up all your personal emails, notes, photos, and Facebook updates to a server that the NSA is supposedly locked out of, all they would need to do is gain access to the phone or tablet itself to have free reign over your private lives and everything contained within.

Cook also emphasized his desire for transparency on the matter, suggesting that while the NSA does not have any sort of direct access to his company’s servers, he also doesn’t want the public to think Apple has anything they need to hide. A full interview with the freshman CEO will premiere this Wednesday on ABC News.