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FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

Michael Kan | March 24, 2017
But privacy experts are calling the idea unrealistic, saying it might be exploited for spying purposes.

Although private companies are generating today’s technology, Comey said: “their job is not to decide how the American people should live. The American people should decide how they live.”

Last year, the FBI publicly feuded with Apple over gaining access to a locked iPhone from the San Bernardino shooter. But on Thursday, Comey said the tech industry can find an approach that creates government access, while keeping malicious actors out.

“I reject the, ‘it’s impossible’ response,” he said. “I just think we haven’t actually tried it.”

Cardozo said he doesn’t think Comey’s comments did much to convince anyone in Silicon Valley.

“It’s childish to stomp your foot, and say, ‘nerds you have to try harder,’” Cardozo said.

Weaver said that both the tech industry and FBI have valid arguments in the encryption debate, but both sides are “talking past each other.”

However, unlike Comey, he doesn't see any middle ground in the encryption debate. "They (the FBI) are asking for something that cannot be done, without significantly weakening the systems," he said. 

 

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