President Obama spreekt als FBI buikspreekpop over Apple op South by Southwest festival

President Obama heeft in een gesprek ter ere van het South by Southwest festival gesproken over de rol van de Amerikaanse overheid in de patstelling tussen Apple en de FBI naar aanleiding van de aanslag in  San Bernardino.
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Obama staat in dit geval niet achter Apple en zegt dat tech bedrijven in dit soort zaken niet zo’n halsstarrige houding zouden moeten aannemen:

…technology is evolving so rapidly that new questions are being asked and I am of the view that there are very real reasons that we want to make sure that government can’t just willy nilly get into everyone’s iPhones, or smartphones, that are full of very personal information… lets face it, the whole Snowden disclosure episode has elevate people’s suspicions of this… 

The question we now have to ask is, if technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there’s no door, at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve, or disrupt a terrorist plot, what mechanisms to we have available to do simple things like tax enforcement… if government can’t get in, then everyone’s walking around with a Swiss bank account in there pocket…

there has to be some concession to the need to be able to get into that information somehow… folks on the encryption side will argue that any key whatsoever… could end up being used on every device… We’re going to have to make some decisions about how do we can balance these respective risks…

If it was technologically possible to make an impenetrable device where there’s no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer? How do we disrupt a terrorist plot? How do we even do a simple thing like tax enforcement? If government can’t get in, then everyone’s walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket. There has to be some concession to get into that information somewhere.”

Obama gaat er vanuit dat tech bedrijven zoals Apple uiteindelijk toch een achterdeurtje inbouwen voor de zaken die echt belangrijk zijn:

“I suspect that the answer’s 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 as possible, for a subset of issues that we agree are important…”

Het interview met Obama over Apple begint in de onderstaande video op 1 uur en 16 minuten.