In the wake of the ongoing Apple vs the FBI controversy, Barack Obama has advised the tech community to come up with a safe encryption key that can provide full security to the users but can also help the law enforcement investigations. Failing to do so may encourage the Congress to come up with a draconian solution that will be counter-productive and defeat the entire purpose of the principal of freedom being espoused by technology companies like Apple and Google.
He rightly says that, “What will happen is, if everybody goes to their respective corners, and the tech community says ‘either we have strong perfect encryption or else its big brother and an Orwellian world’, what you’ll find is that after something really bad happens, the politics of this will swing and will become sloppy and rushed and it will go through Congress in ways that are dangerous and not thought through.”
In the light of so many crimes happening and so many lives being lost, the worry of the technology companies regarding their encryption technology sometimes seem a tad silly.
Just like any other concerned citizen, Obama feels that the tech companies are following an absolutist view on the encryption case. He further says, “If your argument is strong encryption no matter what, and we can and should in fact create black boxes, that I think does not strike the kind of balance we have lived with for 200, 300 years. And it’s fetishizing our phones above every other value. That can’t be the right answer. I suspect the answer is going to come down to how do we create a system where the encryption is as strong as possible, the key is as secure as possible, it is accessible by the smallest number of people possible, on a subset of issues we deem is important.”
I think Apple has dug itself into a hole here. Now it has gotten itself into a situation where it either has to eat a humble pie, or cause an irreparable damage to the cause of Right to privacy.
What do you think?