Tim Cook to talk Apple’s FBI battle in ABC interview tonight


Tim Cook discusses Apple's enterprise ambitions at BoxWorks in San Francisco, September 2015.
Tim Cook is fighting for the right to privacy.
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Tim Cook is continuing his PR crusade against the FBI this week, only instead of publishing another open letter about Apple’s pro-privacy stance, the CEO will sit down for an interview with David Muir tonight on ABC’s World News Tonight.

Apple has publicly defied a federal court order to assist the FBI in unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, insisting that doing so would be a violation of the company’s rights to free speech.

Cook has argued that creating a backdoor for the FBI to use even just this one time would set a dangerous precedent for the future — and ultimately compromise the security of millions of customers’ private data.

Muir has interviewed Cook a number of times over the past few years, covering everything from the Apple Watch to National Security Agency privacy violations. Apple and ABC have a close relationship thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who also sits on Apple’s board. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Cook’s interview on World News Tonight will likely focus entirely on Apple’s high-stakes legal battle with the FBI and why Cook decided to make such a strong and public stand against the federal government.

To catch Cook’s remarks, watch the show tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. An extended version of the interview will be posted online after the show airs.