President Obama stresses need for encryption backdoor

Mar

13

2016

US President Obama at the South By Southwest festival in an interview stressed the importance of a backdoor for authorities in the encryption of smartphones. He says to look danger in absolute privacy, but also full access to investigative services.

President Obama on Friday was a guest speaker at the South by Southwest Festival, an annual music, film and media event held in Austin, Texas. Although Obama expressed his views on the current struggle between parties who stand up for privacy and those who just want to fight easier crime and terrorism backed by the US leader was just not on current issues related to it. So he was not talking specifically about the struggle for encryption that is currently raging between Apple and the FBI.

What does Obama stressed that he saw danger in a situation where absolute authorities have unrestricted access to the smart phones of citizens, but also a practice that authorities can not possibly get the details of a possible suspect. According to him, a balance between the two interests is a possibility and a necessity. “If it is technologically possible to create an impenetrable system, how should we then trace the child pornographers and terrorists?” Obama says to conclude that taking an absolute position on this matter is not a possibility.

Obama further stated that he feared that if the US tech companies did not cooperate with the authorities, it would be possible to introduce a draconian and ill backdoor commitment by the US Congress, which should be avoided, according to him. It is the first time that the US president is so extensive outlet on the issue.

Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the absolute position just that in. He is against the installation of a backdoor for example Apple’s iPhone because such a master key in the hands fall from parties other than for instance the FBI. When that happens, an attacker can gain access to all the hundreds of millions of devices with this encryption key applies. The case of Apple vs the FBI about the iPhone 5c of the man who shot fourteen people in December in San Bernardino. The FBI could not even crack the phone at the data and manage the organization. Apple would therefore need to develop special firmware in order to reach the data.

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