Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Technology giants Apple, Facebook and Google write to Obama warning against government 'back door' to users' data...

Technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google have joined a group letter to President Barack Obama urging him to reject measures that allow authorities a 'back door' to users' data.

A letter written from New America's Open Technology Institute on Tuesday said that it opposed any proposal or legislation that let the government quickly get around encryption technology that companies use to protect information.

Some administration officials such as FBI director James Comey have said that encryption could make catching criminals and terrorists more difficult for law enforcement.

However, the tech companies said that encryption, which became more common after 2013's revelations about the breadth of data that intelligence organizations had access to, is the 'cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security'. Full story...

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