(CNSNews.com) – In an interview last week with radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson weighed in on the standoff between Apple and the FBI regarding the decryption of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, saying he understands why Apple CEO Tim Cook is reluctant to cooperate with the federal government, because it’s been “so dishonest in so many other areas.”
“In general, I think it would be a good idea, but I do understand why Apple might not be particularly fond of this government, because they’ve been so dishonest in so many other areas, but if we get an administration that is trustworthy, I believe one of the first things that we’re gonna push for are the right kinds of public-private partnerships,” Carson said when asked whether he sided with the government in forcing Apple to provide them with specialized software to break into the phone.
The FBI ordered Apple to design specialized software to break into the phone, but Cook has said the software would be “too dangerous to create,” because it would threaten the digital privacy of other iPhone users, the Associated Press reported.
Last week, the Obama administration told a U.S. magistrate judge it was open to less intrusive options in accessing the shooter’s phone and would even be willing to allow Apple to retain possession of and later destroy the software.
Carson told Gallagher on Wednesday that public-private partnerships are necessary, because cyber crime will be the next weapon of mass destruction.
“We need to have a public-private partnership, because recognize that cyber crime is going to be the next weapon of mass destruction, and if we’re not willing to work together on that, we’re going to die together,” Carson said.