March 21, 2016 1:18 pm
Updated: March 21, 2016 2:23 pm

‘We owe it to our country’: Apple CEO Tim Cook talks iPhone hacking during iPhone event

WATCH ABOVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook takes defiant stand against FBI during product launch on Monday.


Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly touched on the company’s ongoing legal battle with the U.S. government during a live press event Monday.

No more than five minutes into the event, Cook thanked Apple customers for their continued support and feedback on the company’s decision to oppose the FBI’s order to force it to hack an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

READ MORE: Why the FBI can’t hack an iPhone without help from Apple

“We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data and privacy,” said Cook.

“We have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. We owe it to our customers/country. This impacts all of us.”

READ MORE: Microsoft ‘wholeheartedly’ supports Apple in iPhone hacking case

The event just so happens to fall one day before lawyers representing both Apple and the FBI are set to appear in a district court in California. Each side will argue their case to the magistrate judge, who is expected to hand down her ruling shortly after. The losing party will have the option to appeal the ruling.

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