President Barack Obama skipped Nancy Reagan’s funeral Friday to tell a Texas audience at the South by Southwest festival that the government all mobile devices should be built in a way [a way that hackers could exploit] to allow the government complete access. And why? To fight terrorism and have their enforcer – the IRS – pursue violators of tax law [Al Sharpton obviously excluded].
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Not mentioning Apple, he addressed Apple.
“The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there’s no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?” Obama said during a question and answer session at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, according to Reuters.
“What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement because if in fact you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket,” he added.
So now it’s not just terrorism by which they will pursue Americans [without a warrant?] but it’s tax law.
Apple and the federal government are in the courts fighting it out over whether or no the government can order the company to make their devices hackable and to develop software for the government that will hack their own devices.
People better hope the government loses.
Obama always says he’s on the side of “civil liberties” but then acts as if he’s not.
Apple and the Justice Department are due back in court on March 22, but this isn’t about Apple, it’s about all of us.
People need to start paying attention to the Fourth Amendment.