AND THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T LIKE THAT …
By FITSNEWS || Encryption advances in new Apple and Android operating systems have America’s spy state up in arms …
According to Yahoo! Tech, the latest Apple iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating systems automatically deploy new encryption technology – making it impossible for police to access the information on the devices without first obtaining password information.
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple noted. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants.”
“Full device encryption occurs at first boot, using a unique key that never leaves the device,” Google noted of the security features associated with its new system.
This is exactly the sort of technological advance advocated earlier this year by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden – who has courageously exposed the disturbing depths of America’s spy state.
“The bottom line … is that encryption does work,” Snowden said in March.
Yet while those of us who love liberty rejoice, those who would seek to deprive us of it are not happy …
“Encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place,” FBI Director James Comey told the liberal Brookings Institute last month. “Justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.”
“It’s the equivalent of a closet that can’t be opened. A safe that can’t be cracked. And my question is, at what cost?” Comey continued, adding that Apple and Google should think twice before responding to “what they perceive is a market demand.”
“The place they are leading us is one we shouldn’t go to without careful thought and debate as a country,” Comey said.
What about the massive spy network the government erected in secret with billions of our tax dollars? Without our knowledge or permission?
Seriously … where was the “careful thought and debate as a country” prior to that system being foisted upon us?
Oh right … it was conducted behind closed doors.
Call us crazy (and the spy state’s proponents have done just that), but we believe the risks associated with unlocking these devices far outweighs the risk associated with keeping them encrypted. Government is effectively insisting upon a “master key” capable of unlocking any mobile device at any time.
We don’t think they should have it … and according to the survey accompanying columnist Rob Pegoraro‘s story, neither do most people. As of this writing, 82 percent of respondents opposed giving government such unfettered access – compared to only 12 percent who believe they should have it.