Sunday, February 28, 2016

Views on Apple vs. the FBI


The Apple vs. FBI encryption controversy has triggered many views. The following are a few:
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook - “This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out. At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.” 
  • Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam -  "We support the availability of strong encryption with no backdoors … The case with Apple presents unique issues that should be addressed by Congress, not on an ad-hoc basis."
  • T-Mobile CEO John Legere -  “what we have got is an unheralded situation where [Tim Cook’s] being requested to help authorities deal with the security of the device.  … We will see where it goes. I wouldn’t know how to advise him. But I understand both sides of the issue. I think it’s groundbreaking."
  • Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency -  “America is simply more secure with unbreakable end-to-end encryption.”  Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao - "It's very complicated, we don't have a clear position … We have privacy and customer safeguards as our number one value...I understand why Apple has a similar concern."
  • Orange CEO Stephane Richard  - "Do I understand Apple’s position? No, honestly, it's difficult for us to say that we share it," "to have the maximum means to catch people who have bad intentions".
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton - “Regrettably, the position Tim Cook and Apple have taken shows that they are unwilling to compromise and that legislation is likely the only way to resolve this issue.”
  • Brookings Institute, from  “Apple is Selling You a Phone, Not Civil Liberties” -  “Apple is being mischievous here, and the company’s self-presentation as crusading on behalf of the privacy of its customers is largely self-congratulatory nonsense. … it would have been akin to malpractice for the FBI and Justice Department to not fully explore the scope of Apple’s obligation to help the government effectuate a warrant in a major ISIS case.” .. “But the final decision here doesn't belong to Tim Cook. It belongs to the people—and it's time for Congress to act.”


MY TAKE
  • As technology companiesU.S. citizens and global trading partners share their concerns about the government’s reachencryption and related solutions continue to evolve.
  • The U.S Congress’ attempts to address the problem will be challenging, but  law enforcement organizations will face the reality that encryption use will continue to expand across computing and communication infrastructures.

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