Device encryption “Do as I say, not as I do"

Trump’s Android phone has been repealed and replaced (BGR)

Just over one year ago, president Don Trump called upon all Americans to boycott Apple until the company agreed to help investigators unlock an iPhone tied to the tragedy in San Bernardino.

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Apparently, POTUS has changed his mind. Trump’s director of social media and senior advisor Dan Scavino Jr. in a tweet in March of 2017.

I guess only elected officials are allowed to have the full rights afforded by the United State constitution.

Why am I bringing this up? Because device encryption is back in the news. From a post on threatpost:

Government and law enforcement officials may soon reignite the debate over encryption after the FBI today revealed that the dead suspect in Sunday’s Texas church shooting was using an encrypted cellphone.

FBI special agent Christopher Comb did not reveal what type of phone alleged shooter Devin Kelley was using, only that it was sent to the FBI research center in Quantico, Va.

This debate is getting tiring. When will the government realize that society can't have it both ways? If we have locks that can be easily opened by law enforcement but unexploitable by criminals. We can't have absolute security without totalitarianism. We can't have freedom without privacy.

I feel these are the same sort of people who, if it was technically possible, would build a device to rip your thoughts out of your head. Just in case. Who knows, you might be thinking of committing a crime. Wouldn't society be safer if we could just have everyone submit to a thorough mental pre-screening every day?

Author: Khürt Williams

A human who works in information security and enjoys photography, Formula 1 and craft ale.

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