• Obama Administration Won't Force Companies to Decrypt Info for Law Enforcement



    According to FBI director, James Comey, the Obama administration will not force corporations to decrypt communications for law enforcement. The news was announced at a US Senate Hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. According to The Washington Post, the administration will however continue to put pressure on companies to enable some form of backdoor access for government search requests.

    Comey continued by adding that the tone of the FBI and Justice Department talks with tech companies has changed, for the better. These talks are “increasingly productive” with “a lot of the venom” now disappearing. An anonymous official that was quoted hinted that this is why the administration is choosing to skip over the legislative route.

    Tech-based businesses in the US are seemingly increasing their levels of encryption to customer data and in some cases to the point that they can’t decrypt it even when served with a warrant, such as the case with iOS 8 and iOS 9. Comey and others in the US government have complained that this could potentially interfere with criminal and terrorism investigations which may cause harm.

    Simultaneously, many websites and platforms, including that of the American military, are seemingly under siege by hackers from both criminal and foreign-backed governments. The public has become concerned with the overreach of the US National Security Agency, which in 2013 was revealed to be conducting mass surveillance, sweeping in data from people that aren’t accused of doing anything wrong. Furthermore, by creating an intentional backdoor when it comes to digital communications, we might simply make it easier to discover exploits.

    We’ll have to see what tech companies end up doing and how they cooperate with the government by being patient.

    Source: The Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Obama Administration Won't Force Companies to Decrypt Info for Law Enforcement started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. ggrassmid's Avatar
      ggrassmid -
      If they have backdoor access, then they have access all the time! So far its nice to see these companies "standing for the customer" in the instance.
    1. vitaminme's Avatar
      vitaminme -
      Quote Originally Posted by ggrassmid View Post
      If they have backdoor access, then they have access all the time! So far its nice to see these companies "standing for the customer" in the instance.

      True!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      While they may not force, they could certainly frown upon the company for lack of cooperation. Frown meaning force :]
    1. psxcancer's Avatar
      psxcancer -
      If security was really so important, why aren't the borders protected properly?

      Just seams like the law abiding citizens are the ones who get inconvenienced (e.g. The agenda on law abiding gun owner, criminals will still get guns illegally).

      I say don't give them it. If they have gotten the proper paperwork (e.g. a search warrant). Then they have the right to try and crack in to that individual's device.
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