Apple has made a feature of its inability to break into your smartphone to provide access to email, messages or indeed anything else. Now Blackberry CEO John Chen has taken a large bite out of Apple, with a withering attack on Tim Cook's stance around privacy.
It is hard to argue with Chen's take on this and it does very effectively define Apple's position to be one of providing support for the criminal.
Chen's argument is that tech companies should not be able to refuse lawful requests from governments or courts to gain access to data.
He goes further too, defining Apple's refusal to provide access to a drug dealer's iPhone as ordered by a US court as defining a 'dark place where tech companies put their reputations above the greater good'.
I'm more than a little inclined to agree with Chen. Apple and Tim Cook's stance that the contents of Apple's phones are sacrosanct aren't supportable in the real world. How will the company support crime investigation when the next terrorist atrocity happens. How will the company's reputation suffer if that attocity is accompanied by headlines shouting about how it could have been prevented but for Apple's intransigence in assisting police forces trying to prevent this sort of crime.
It's reasonable to assert that a backdoor into technology is potentially a backdoor for everyone, but the risks to society seem to be much higher in providing a secure haven for anyone.