This past Friday, in commemoration of the Mac turning 30, Tim Cook sat down with ABC News for a rare one-on-one nterview. ABC teased the segment for quite a while, only to disappoint many an Apple fan when it turned out to be just a four-minute segment.
Nonetheless, Tim Cook at one point was asked about all of the controversy surrounding the NSA's surveillance programs.
From my point of view, we need to be significantly more transparent. We need to say what data is been given, how many people it affects, how many accounts are affected. We need to be clear, and we have a gag order on us right now and so we can't say those things.
Much of what has been said isn't true. There is no backdoor. The government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that, and that just will not happen. We feel that strongly about it.
Recall that Apple this past July, along with a multitude of other tech companies, lent its name to a letter calling for more transparency from U.S. intelligence agencies.
Also remember that Cook, along with other tech executives, met with President Barack Obama this past August and again in December to talk surveillance issues.
Also of note is Cook commenting on Steve Jobs's wish that Cook, and Apple as a whole, not fall prey to "What would Steve Jobs do?" syndrome.
Cook explained, "By saying what he said, for me, it relieved I believe for me a huge burden that would have existed had he not said it."
You can check out the entirety of the interview below: