Yesterday, it was reported that the FBI has asked Apple to build a ‘back-door’ into its iPhone software. Apple have responded saying the creation of such a back-door would allow law enforcement – or anyone who finds the vulnerability – to unlock any iPhone by circumventing passcode security features.
Commenting, Anne Jellema, CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation said:
“Today, our lives are online. We rely on encryption to bank safely, do business privately, protect sensitive information from terrorists and other criminals, or even just to chat privately with our loved ones. Companies must do everything in their power to keep our personal information safe, so we can trust that our online communications are private and secure.
“Attempts to break encryption or otherwise weaken online security are misguided and will have the net effect of leaving us all less safe. Forcing companies to build backdoors into their products is equivalent to leaving a key for law enforcement under a mat, and then naively imagining that criminals won’t use that key too.
“The precedent set in the Apple case will reverberate around the world. Apple are to be commended for standing up for the privacy and safety of their customers – we urge other technology companies to do the right thing and make public their support for strong encryption too.”
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