Sidestepping Apple dispute, Obama makes case for access to device data

by Jeff Mason  |  published on March 12, 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in such a way as to allow government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.

Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Texas, Obama said he could not comment on the legal case in which the FBI is trying to force Apple Inc. to allow access to an iPhone linked to San Bernardino, California, shooter Rizwan Farook.

But he made clear that, despite his commitment to Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, a balance was needed to allow some intrusion when needed.

“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?” he said.

  • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

    “U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in such a way as to allow government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.”

    Where have we seen this before?

    Oh; that’s right:

    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
    –William Pitt (1759-1806)

  • metheoldsarge

    Privacy is on the way out.

  • John Kaddouri

    This is not a reply condoning, nor supporting terrorists, pedifiles, or animal abusers. And of course not tax cheats. Your back door approach, is one that you are familiar with.

    If it were anyoneanyone else asking, I would have not commented, BUT YOU OF ALL PEOPLE HAVE BROKEN SO MANY LAWS, YOU HAVE ACTED ABOVE THE LAW, You have lied to the American people, too many times to count. Some of your actions clearly, have been offenses of Treason, and OTHER ACTIONS, HAVE BEEN criminal actions. SO EXCUSE ME IF I DONT BELIEVE YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WONT ABUSE THIS BACK DOOR…. AND SAYING THAT, YOU ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THAT.

    I still am trying to keep my Doctor, and keep looking at my health insurance cost to decrease…… Oh yea, forgot you lied to the whole country, over and over again about that…. that’s not going to happen.

    • cherieloren

      Your post is Excellent as well, spot on in fact!

  • Phil Esposito

    Does this POS think he’s fooling anyone? Do not give up your freedom for security, or you’ll have neither!

  • cherieloren

    The first step in preventing a terrorist attack is stop letting them in and quit making “deals” with them giving them billions of dollars to build their arsenal to use against us. Odammit isn’t fooling anyone, he’s protecting, aiding and abetting our enemies, but then they are his “bros”.

    • John Kaddouri

      EXCELLENT!!!

      • cherieloren

        Thank you Sir !

  • carpkiller

    His mouth is moving.

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