The US Government is starting to retaliate against Apple and Google’s latest encryption efforts. An official from the U.S. Department of Justice explained firmly that without access to smartphones of suspects, kids could die especially in kidnappings.
New encryption technology that renders locked [smartphones] impervious to law enforcement would lead to tragedy. A child would die, he said, because police wouldn’t be able to scour a suspect’s phone, according to people who attended the meeting.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice and tech tycoons are at a heated stand off regarding the encryption on smartphones. Apple met with the government and allegedly said that the authorities were being over dramatic and blowing the whole “kid could die scenario” way out of proportion.Apple thoroughly explains that the law enforcement officials could look to other sources to fish out data in a situation such as kidnapping. Wireless carriers was given as an example.
Tech companies are coming together against the government in America to protect customers’ privacy. The companies are stating that nobody should be able to monitor someone so closely. The NSA reform bill was supported by the tech giants but failed in the Senate. On the other side, you have AT&T, a very popular wireless carrier challenging the courts on the legal guidelines adhered to when collecting data from mobile phones. The carrier demands that the courts implement a different set of rules for the new era of technology. In addition, Facebook has officially announced that it too, will not be able to decrypt messages for anyone including the government as it introduced end-to-end encryption for its messaging service, Whatsapp.
It seems that this battle between the government and tech companies regarding the privacy of data is just getting started. Not one party wants to budge. Is there compromise to be found? What do you think should happen? Let us know in the comment section below!