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Apple, Google and 140+ tech firms urge Obama not to give police ‘backdoor’ access to encrypted phone data

Apple, Google, and a host of other tech companies and cryptology experts have signed a letter sent to President Obama calling on his administration to stem any proposal that seeks to weaken encryption security to benefit policing agencies.

More than 140 firms, technologists, and security experts sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday calling for the protection of encrypted data on smartphones and other communication devices from law enforcement.

“Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security,” the letter reads, adding that the Obama administration must “fully support and not undermine efforts to create encryption standards” and not “in any way subvert, undermine, weaken or make vulnerable” commercial software.

The message is in response to top law enforcement officials’ unease with Apple and Google offering phones with such strong encryption that even police with a warrant are unable to gain access. The likes of FBI Director James Comey have claimed such strong protection is a threat to public safety.

“There’s no doubt that all of us should care passionately about privacy, but we should also care passionately about protecting innocent people,” Comey said recently, according to The Washington Post, which first reported on the letter.

 

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