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  • Apple and Other Tech Companies Want to Preserve Security for Encrypted Phone Data


    In a recent letter that was set to be delivered to President Barack Obama, Apple and other tech companies formed a group of signatories that are requesting that the White House reject incoming government proposals that would modify current policies to allow law enforcement access to encrypted user data. The group of signatories currently consists of over 140 tech companies, security experts and interested civil groups concerned with upcoming legislation that could force access to consumer data, even if it is encrypted.

    The letter read the following regarding the matter:

    Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy's security. [Further, signatories unanimously recommend that government agencies should] "fully support and not undermine efforts to create encryption standards.
    What makes the whole issue even more pressuring was that three signatories were on a five-member presidential review team formed to investigate US technology policy back in 2013. This was just after NSA contractor, Edward Snowden sparked public outrage by leaking information regarding secret government surveillance programs. Among the many things that Snowden blurted out was the existence of mass data collection initiatives that were targeting everything from phone calls to social networks and other high-traffic consumer products.

    What sparked more controversy to the issue as a whole though was when law enforcement officials claimed that tech companies such as Apple, made their job increasingly difficult by rolling out opaque encryption techniques that make data and other forms of communication inaccessible. Some agencies were requesting so-called “backdoors” to be built into otherwise secure software with the sole purpose of accessing data that was deemed vital to criminal investigations. For those of you who didn’t know, with iOS 8, Apple ended up building an encryption system so secure that it technically was incapable of decrypting a user’s device even with the appropriate documentation. The lockout method wasn’t well received by officials that wanted to access user data, which was a procedure that was previously allowed through proper warrants.

    We’ll have to wait and see what is ultimately decided but as of right now, it could go either way as both sides of the argument have compelling cases. How do you feel about the whole issue?

    Source: The Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Other Tech Companies Want to Preserve Security for Encrypted Phone Data started by Akshay Masand View original post