The court acknowledged that “modern investigative techniques” were necessary to combat terrorism, but said that this cannot justify “the general and indiscriminate retention of all traffic and location data.”
Feinstein drafts “the most ludicrous, dangerous, technically illiterate tech policy proposal of the 21st century.”
Feinstein's bill would essentially outlaw encryption on any kind of device and undermine privacy rights of all Americans.
“In the wake of this terrible attack, I believe strongly we need stronger gun laws. It was guns that killed innocent people, not technology.”
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said, "This is the most important tech case in a decade," and called on Google to publicly support Apple's principled stand.
California now has what Wired has called the “nation’s best digital privacy law,” which we hope will carry over to federal reforms.
One of the biggest arguments against mandating backdoors in encryption is the fact that criminal hackers and foreign governments will be able to exploit the backdoor to use it themselves.
It’s not a matter of what the country wants, but what the people of the country want.
What FBI Director Comey wants is encryption that he can break with a court order. But if we make a system that can be broken, it can be broken by anybody, not just the FBI.
There is a strong argument for ending these programs on the basis of their high cost and lack of effectiveness alone. But they actually do damage to our society.