Tim Cook Pushes For Higher Encryption Standards at White House Summit
Earlier in January, in a meeting called by the White House to discuss counter terrorism, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the White House and other federal agencies need to combat terrorism with a different approach when it comes to social media.
This summit was held less than three months after the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” passed, an action which allows private companies to “share customer data with government agencies” (Apple Insider.) According to Cook, giving the federal government access to encrypted user information on social media platforms weakens encryption and puts users at risk of having their data stolen. Some are referring to this special access as “back door” entry. And Cook expressed that White House officials should promote a “no back doors” policy (CNET) for the security of American citizens.
Among the attendees of said meeting were “representatives from Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Cloudfare, Google, Drop Box, Microsoft, and LinkedIn” (The Intercept.)
There are two main concerns when it comes to data encryption for tech and social media giants in America. On one side, you want your users to communicate with each other with complete security and privacy, with as close to zero risk of a data breach as possible. On the other, you have the interests of governmental agencies such as he FBI and the NSA that wish to be able to intercept communication amongst terrorists, through increasingly questionable means albeit.
Indeed, most of these tech companies can agree that the encryption technology allows for a rather safe communications system as long as there are no loopholes that will otherwise provide for “dire consequences” (Digital Trends.) However, “as products using strong encryption become more widespread, [law enforcement agencies are] losing access to sources of information they once had” (Equities.com.)
Uncle Sam and the tech Gods will have to work out a compromise that benefits both American citizens as well as national security. One thing is for certain, if the back door system also allows malicious hackers in, something needs to change.
Other High Profile Breaches:
Experian (includes T-Mobile)
Tesla and Chrysler (unrelated to each other)
Apple App Store
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Kaspersky & FireEye (unrelated to each other)
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ashley Madison (follow up)
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