Tim Cook clashed with high-level officials of the Obama administration during talks held in San Jose on 8 January. The Apple CEO challenged US government officials to vote for a policy that supports "unbreakable encryption".
Cook defended his stance on the significance of unbreakable encryption at a meeting held by the White House, to discuss online counterterrorism options along with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Drop Box and Cloudflare.
According to The Intercept, Cook "lashed out" at suggestions provided by government officials, who wanted technology firms to create encryption back doors for various security agencies. By doing so, security agencies would be able to intercept encrypted communication used by extremists. US attorney general Loretta Lynch and Cook were reportedly at loggerheads as the latter, pressed on with his "no back door" policy.