F.B.I. Director James Comey Hints At Action Toward Locked Cellphone Data
The director of the F.B.I. said on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” had driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had “gone too far.”
He hinted as a result, the administration might seek regulations forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the photos, emails and contacts stored on the phones.
Comey's position on encrypted data put him at odds with the White House advisory committee, who recommended against any effort to weaken commercial encryption.
The software announced by both Apple and Google would encrypt content on cellphones automatically, using encryption codes that the companies themselves could not crack. This announcement was 1 year in wake of Edward Snowden's release of NSA classified documents detailing the extensive data collection that US government security agencies have been storing.
Some people state that if you have nothing to hide then there should be no problem. I am strongly against this sentiment. The privacy is a right of all Americans, and forfeiting that right in any way degrades the very nature of the right itself.
Well, that's my rant on this topic, do you guys have opinions on this topic?