Apple, Facebook and Google insist Obama keeping the government out of citizens’ smartphones and emails

Apple, Facebook and Google insist Obama keeping the government out of citizens’ smartphones and emails

On Tuesday, in an open letter leading tech films together with their privacy advocacy group, numerous security and police experts urged President Obama against any laws, which would require companies to build “back doors” into their software, providing government agencies access to encrypted data.

In the letter on Tuesday the leading tech films together with their privacy advocacy group, numerous security and police experts urged President Obama against any laws, which would require companies to build “back doors” into their software, providing government agencies access to encrypted data.

They just ask the President not to support any bill that would hand law enforcement a master key to customers’ communications, according to the letter. Nearly 50 tech companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google, were supporting it, while the Congress had ‘laughed’ at the FBI’s suggestion that it should be granted carte blanche access to citizens’ communications in order to catch criminals.

There was said in the letter:

We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products.

We request that the White House instead focus on developing policies that will promote rather than undermine the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. Such policies will in turn help to promote and protect cyber security, economic growth, and human rights, both here and abroad

However, providing a backdoor to communications is to lead to security threats and undermines citizens’ rights and desires for privacy. So, a loosing battle against encryption appeared the White House to be fighting for.

The signatories of the letter warned that ‘back doors’ after introducing intentional vulnerabilities into secure products for the government’s use will make those products less secure against other attackers. So we should be aware of the possibility  for hackers, corporate spies and repressive governments  to access encrypted information.

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