FBI director says officials have been in talks with Apple, Google over device encryption policies

To the FBI: you can’t have it both ways. Either the devices will be secured from hacking, which is what you need to prevent hackers from stealing state secrets from mobile devices of important government officials and have back door keys to let you in. It doesn’t work that way. If the government or private industry has the capability to open a back door and gain access to your data (legally or not) then the whole security model of device is compromised.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey expressed his concern today over Apple and Google’s decision to encrypt information stored on smartphones, the Huffington Post reports, adding that FBI officials are pushing both companies to change their policies in order to allow law enforcement officials to access data in certain instances.

“I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

In the case of the iPhone maker, Apple CEO Tim Cook used the company’s privacy stance as a major marketing point on a number of occasions over the past month.

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