“Federal and state governments should consider passing laws that forbid smartphones, tablets and other such devices from being ‘sealed off from law enforcement,”’ Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said today in an interview at a cybersecurity conference in New York.,” Chris Strohm reports for Bloomberg.
“Vance challenged Apple and Google, which last year said their new smartphones automatically encrypt stored data in a way that essentially shields photographs, documents and contact lists from unwanted eyes, including thieves, hackers and the government,” Strohm reports. “‘It’s developed into a sort of high-stakes game,’ Vance said. ‘They’ve eliminated accessibility in order to market the product. Now that means we have to figure out how to solve a problem that we didn’t create.'”
MacDailyNews Take: By not adhereing to the tenets in the U.S. Constitution, this most certainly is a problem that you idiots did create.
“Earlier today Vance gave the keynote speech at the conference, hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he was going ‘rogue’ by speaking out on the matter,” Strohm reports. “He made an emotional plea that police might not be able to stop crimes against children or solve murders without access to the data.”
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in September:
Think of The Children™. Whenever you hear that line of horseshit, look for ulterior motives. Fear mongers: Those who use of fear, scare tactics, and emotional appeals in attempts to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end.
Apple “said in September that their new phones would automatically scramble data so that a digital key kept by the owner is needed to unlock it, making it harder for detectives to examine the content of suspects’ phones without their knowledge or cooperation,” Strohm reports. “Vance said he has talked with lawmakers about crafting the new legal requirements, though he declined to name any of them.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
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