Obama: Strong Encryption No Matter What is 'Fetishizing Our Phones'

Obama: Strong Encryption No Matter What is 'Fetishizing Our Phones'

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President Obama warned tech companies against pushing Congress to make a decision on encryption in an interview with Evan Smith, of the Texas Tribune, at SXSW.

"What will happen is, if everybody goes to their respective corners, and the tech community says ‘either we have strong perfect encryption or else it's Big Brother and an Orwellian world', what you'll find is that after something really bad happens, the politics of this will swing and it will become sloppy and rushed and it will go through Congress in ways that are dangerous and not thought through," the president said.

"My conclusion so far is you cannot take an absolutist view own this," Obama said. "If your argument is strong encryption no matter what, and we can and should in fact create black boxes, that I think does not strike the kind of balance we have lived with for 200, 300 years. And it's fetishizing our phones above every other value. That can't be the right answer. I suspect the answer is going to come down to how do we create a system where the encryption is as strong as possible, the key is as secure as possible, it is accessible by the smallest number of people possible, on a subset of issues we deem is important."

Obama's comments come after an aggressive motion by government prosecutors seeking to compel Apple to build a backdoor into the iPhone used by a San Bernardino shooter.

Apple responded to the motion saying, "it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American".

[via Verge]


Obama: Strong Encryption No Matter What is 'Fetishizing Our Phones'
angel_92701 - March 19, 2016 at 6:14pm
i'll say ,if FBI wants a back door. and apple build it. and law enforcement with or without a warrant. Just need probable cause. to access you device. apple can also include on the program to let you know, when FBI or other Gov agency is tapping on your device. and they have to probe that they have a court order to access your device, no just using the program at their will.
angel_92701 - March 19, 2016 at 6:12pm
i'll say ,if FBI wants a back door. and apple build it. and law enforcement with or without a warrant. Just need probable cause. to access you device. apple can also include on the program to let you. when FBI or other Gov agency is tapping on your device. and they have to probe that they have a court order to access your device, no just using the program at their will.
Captain Japan - March 14, 2016 at 10:21pm
Everybody is sooooooo worried about the privacy of their precious phones....yet the police can ever your home, monitor your financial transactions, wiretap and plant electronic surveillance devices if they have probable cause. You're all a bunch of big dummies.
MannyG - March 14, 2016 at 5:08pm
I agree with our President Obama. He's right about this as well. I wish the racist Donald Dump people would just disappear. They have never even wanted to recognize their president because of hissing color. Black people have a right to be upset and angry. My only hope is they recognize we are not all like these hateful buffoons trashing out president that weather you agree or not it still our commander in chief and trashing him only makes us trash.
Jamelle - March 14, 2016 at 6:06pm
Our President is a complete and utter moron. But that is beside the point in this discussion.
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