Thursday, February 18, 2016

Encryption Wars

I'm sure by now you've all heard of that awful ruling by a Judge Pym (shame on her!) that wants Apple to help the FBI guess passcodes - to access data of the San Bernardino suspect's phone.  There's an overview at The Intercept.

I barely have words.  This shows NO respect for privacy at all. Many, many civil liberties groups are howling about this.  I was also heartened that many commenters at the previous link and at The Intercept's follow up story get that this ruling, if let stand would set a very dangerous precedent.  It would possibly allow access to data sometime in the future for - fishing - or if TPTB decide the definition of some wrongdoing has changed.  The way it would undermine encryption would also leave users more open to malicious hackers.  And that's just for starters.  EVERYONE should protest against this.

Please follow the story and let it be known YOU feel this is totally unacceptable.

Also, think about your own data security.  Micah Lee at The Intercept has a fine article about making your iphone a bit more secure. 

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