Apple 'has been co-operating' with United Kingdom government to investigate terror attacks

The news that Apple is assisting United Kingdom law enforcement is not surprising but comes at a pivotal time.

"We have been cooperating with the United Kingdom government not only in law enforcement kind of matters but on some of the attacks", Cook said during a Bloomberg Television interview on Monday. "But in cases when we have information and they have gone through the lawful process we don't just give it but we do it very promptly", the executive said.

Following the London Bridge terror attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said that technology companies must stop being a "safe space" for terror suspects.

May confirmed the attack wasn't connected to the suicide bombing in Manchester a fortnight ago and the atrocity at Westminster in March. Cook didn't specify which attacks led to the company's cooperation. Apple did battle with USA lawmakers on this exact issue past year, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanded Apple crack the encryption on a terrorist's iPhone. However, Apple refused to do so, claiming that there is no way to guarantee control over such software that can bypass the iPhone's encryption.

The environment wasn't the only political difference with Trump that Cook expressed during the interview.

Metadata, therefore, already provides extremely helpful information to investigators without Apple defying its promise of protecting user data through encryption.

CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event, saying the developer community "has never been more vibrant", noting Apple now has more than 16 million registered developers, including 3 million added in the past year. Though it does not show the content of the message, the context, such as where and to whom these messages were sent, can be seen. Cook said he will continue to advise the president on matters that are important to him and the US, such as the Paris climate accord.

Still, Cook said that he will remain an advisor to the president. "He didn't decide what I wanted him to decide", Cook told Bloomberg's Emily Chang on Monday.

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