FBI: backdoors in software may need to be mandatory

Oct

18

2014

Apple and Google encryption built into their mobile operating systems goes too far, says the director of the FBI, James Comey. He suggests that there should be legislation to build a backdoor for the government.

FBI Comey made ​​his comments Thursday, reports The New York Times. The FBI director turned rather to the encryption of Google and Apple: according to him, that makes it difficult, for example, terrorists and child abusers to detect.

Google and Apple recently announced that they had improved the encryption of Android and iOS. With the introduction of Android Lollipop state encryption by default; which enable users had hitherto itself. From iOS 8 can no longer Apple iOS device users to decrypt; devices were until now have encrypted, but Apple could bypass the pass code of a user. According to The New York Times investigators fear that other companies will follow.

Earlier, asked US Attorney General Eric Holder tech companies already to keep backdoors for the government open. However, it is unclear how the US government thinks about legislation to make the backdoors mandatory. An advisory committee of President Obama, which is set after the Snowden-disclosures, advised not to do that.

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