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  • Apple and Other Tech Industry Giants Appeal to Obama to Keep Encryption in Place


    In a recently delivered letter to President Barack Obama, two trade groups that make up some of the largest tech companies in the US asked the White House to reject government policies designed to undermine encryption systems that are built to keep consumer data private. The two trade groups consisted of the Information Technology Industry Council and the Software and Information Industry Association. For those of you who didn’t know, the groups represent a number of companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, among several others. The letter read the following regarding the matter:

    We are opposed to any policy actions or measures that would undermine encryption as an available and effective tool.
    The recent message echoes a previous note that was sent to Obama last month, in which Apple and several tech companies requested the White House to reject proposals which would weaken encryption protocols built into consumer electronic operating systems.

    On the other side of the argument are law officials who are looking for access to data that could potentially help in criminal investigations and have repeatedly called on private sector firms to install backdoors onto their existing security infrastructure. These law officials are arguing that companies like Apple are blocking access to information that is considered to be vital for criminal investigations. They are even going as far as claiming that Apple is advertising that iOS users are “above the law.”

    What makes the situation even more complicated is that Apple, Google and other mobile tech firms are continually deploying high-security encryption protocols that are becoming even harder to crack. For its part, industry representatives are arguing that encryption is not only a perk but a necessity for many consumers. Some of the representatives are attributing the data privacy movement to leaked government surveillance programs that were leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

    We’ll have to wait and see what the White House ends up deciding and how things pan out.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Other Tech Industry Giants Appeal to Obama to Keep Encryption in Place started by Akshay Masand View original post