President Obama calls for tech companies to create backdoors into their software

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President Obama calls for tech companies to create backdoors into their software

  • 2015-02-13 12:31:46
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News / Mobile phones President Obama calls for tech companies to create backdoors into their software

With the launch of iOS 8, and with Apple’s focus on keeping the data on its iOS devices secure, the lack of a “backdoor” into that software has led to a waterfall of conversation, debate and hyperbole.

It all began in September, almost immediately following the public launch of iOS 8, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raised obvious concerns over the lack of access by government entities into the software present on smartphones (and tablets). With this lack of accessibility, or the ability to retrieve data on a secured device, the FBI (and others) believe that this has gigantic national defense concerns. The United States Attorney General raised his own voice into the din soon after, and in October the Director of the FBI chimed in as well.

In November, an official within the United States Justice Department was heard saying that the lack of government access into a mobile device would eventually, inevitably, lead to the death of a child. And, most recently, and following terror events that took place in Paris, France, the talk extended to the United Kingdom as the Prime Minister, facing potential reelection soon, said that if messaging services — or chat apps — aren’t able to be accessed by government entities, then they will simply be banned in the region.

Perhaps the culmination of all of this is the President of the United States, Barack Obama, weighing in, as he has done recently, according to a report published by The Hill. The President has backed the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, and has said that tech companies should create backdoors into their software in an effort to track suspected terrorists.

The report states that President Obama had measured comments regarding the idea of backdoor in this otherwise secure software, but that in the end the President’s aim was obvious: security on the end of the user can only go so far, as he expressed support for not only the United Kingdom’s David Cameron or the Director of the FBI.

Social media and the Internet is the primary way in which these terrorist organizations are communicating,” Obama said during a press conference with Cameron on Friday.

That’s not different from anybody else, but they’re good at it and when we have the ability to track that in a way that is legal, conforms with due process, rule of law and presents oversight, then that’s a capability that we have to preserve,” he said.

The result of this support remains unclear at this point, but with the President backing the idea that these companies must create a backdoor into their software for outside access, the conversation is obviously not done.

[via The Hill]

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