if asked to do the task, some employees may refuse. Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.
Under the actual pressure, CEO Apple’s Tim Cook reinforced in media his position: “I mean too many times in history has this happened, where the government over reached, did something that in retrospect somebody should have stood up and said ‘Stop,'” Cook noted. “We see that this is our moment to stand up and say ‘Stop.’ And force a dialogue. And that dialogue may, I don’t know how it’ll go. I’m optimistic. But I don’t know at the end of the day. But I see that as our role.” If Apple employees refuse to write the code for the software, Apple could potentially face hefty fines for non-compliance.