“The easy knee-jerk solution I thought was let’s just put a back door in everyone’s iPhone that law enforcement can access. Simple, makes sense,” McCaul said.
“Putting in a back door isn’t the solution. People don’t the government to have access to their data. The government wasn’t asking Apple to put in codes to create a vulnerability that would kill their product. We think there’s a better way and a better solution to doing that.”
McCaul also said that pressure from the U.S. government to insert backdoors could drive tech companies to take their operations out of the country.
“I don’t see it as privacy versus security. I see it as security versus security,” he said. “I don’t want to weaken encryption and drive these companies offshore.”