“Throughout its fight with the FBI over unlocking iPhones, Apple has said that lawmakers, not courts, should be the ones setting the course on encryption policy,” Joshua Brustein reports for Bloomberg. “This stance doesn’t come without risk, since there’s no guarantee that Congress would give Apple what it wants.”
“Meanwhile, foreign lawmakers are threatening to muddy the waters even further. Recent actions in Europe and South America reveal the potential for a patchwork of varying national policies that could pose an impossible situation for global technology companies,” Brustein reports. “How can they comply with differing, sometimes conflicting laws in the many countries in which they operate?”
“Given that the sense of urgency over terrorism in Western Europe is particularly acute these days, it may be a bad time for tech companies to push back,” Brustein reports. “If the U.S. Congress does take up new legislation on encryption, the technology industry can be expected to put intense pressure on lawmakers to see things their way. In Europe, though, Silicon Valley’s lobbying is likely to hold less sway…”
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MacDailyNews Take: Via Apple or via third parties, the bad guys will encrypt with impunity.
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