Apple will oppose the Federal Bureau of Investigation's court order demanding the company create a backdoor to the i Phone.
The order is part of an ongoing investigation regarding an act of terrorism in San Bernardino, California, in December—an order Apple CEO Tim Cook described as "an unprecedented step" that "threatens the security" of Apple's customers.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in.
Being an adult, to Comey, means accepting the argument that tech companies should design their products to ensure that the government can access any data it needs in an investigation, whether by building (in the words of his opponents) a “backdoor” into strongly encrypted products or by not deploying that encryption in the first place. companies don’t have a monopoly on the technology, making it trivial for bad guys to obtain strong encryption products, no matter what Congress does.
Being an adult, to Comey, means supporting efforts to legally require tech companies to ensure government access, if they won’t do it voluntarily. It is these exact same arguments that won the day in the “crypto wars” of the ’90s when a similar policy debate over encryption arose.
Rather, as that new report from the House working group investigating the encryption issue recognizes, having the “adult” conversation about encryption means talking about how law enforcement can adapt to a world where encryption is more common, rather than wrongheadedly forcing the technology to adapt to law enforcement’s needs.
To Comey, being “adult” about encryption apparently means agreeing with his conclusion that the existence of unbreakable encryption—for example, the full-disk encryption that protects your i Phone against anyone who doesn’t have your passcode, or the end-to-end encryption that protects your i Messages and Whatsapp texts as they cross the internet—poses an unacceptable threat to law and order.