Tim Cook labels claims Apple avoids taxes ‘political crap’ in CBS interview, will talk encryption & terrorism
We learned last night that CBS is set to air a tour inside Jony Ive’s “secret” design lab on the 60 Minutes program this Sunday evening, and now the network has shared a clip of Tim Cook being interviewed by Charlie Rose as a separate segment due to air in the same episode.
While Apple’s design chief will likely discuss lighter topics, the legendary CBS interviewer is seen pushing the Apple CEO on claims that the company keeps profit overseas in order to avoid paying the United States government fair taxes.
Cook is also expected to address questions on Apple’s strong privacy position and encryption, which law enforcement officials say prevent proper investigations into criminal activity even when a warrant is issued.
In the released clip, Cook reduces the long-running claim that Apple improperly holds funds in international accounts in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes to the federal government to “political crap” while adding that Apple pays more taxes in the US than anyone.
Cook acknowledges that the company also has more money overseas than anyone, while two-thirds of the company is located out of the United States. While he says he’d love to repatriate the funds, Cook says it would cost 40% to bring the money home and that Apple pays every cent it owes. Back in 2013, the Apple CEO voluntarily testified before a Senate committee investigating the tax issue.
While the clip shared above (Flash/Chrome required on desktop) teases the “political crap” portion of the conversation, CBS News says that Cook will also address new pressure to stop encrypting iPhones and iPads, iMessage, FaceTime, and their iCloud services. Apple has been under added pressure to accommodate law enforcement officials and national security agencies, which argue Apple’s marketing a platform that creates a safe haven for criminals and terrorists to communicate under the radar.
These groups have called for Apple to provide a back door for officials at least when a warrant is provided, but Apple has maintained its position that a backdoor for government officials would create a backdoor for criminals as well and put all customer privacy in jeopardy.
While the privacy versus security debate continues, the interview will also see the Apple CEO address the issue of the United States company making most of its products in China.
60 Minutes airs on CBS on Sunday, December 20th at 7:30 pm ET and 7 pm PT.
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