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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Friday, September 26, 2014 10:00:10 AM(UTC)
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There's a fine line between privacy and safety, and the question we face as a nation is how much information should government agencies be allowed to access? Privacy advocates would argue that the U.S. government is stepping way over the line with the level of spying it's capable of, and in the aftermath of that all that, Google and Apple have implemented strong encryption schemes into their latest mobile platforms. This isn't sitting well with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

James B. Comey, director of the FBI, heavily criticized Google and Apple for their decision to lock down smartphones with encryption that's so strong, law enforcement officials would have a tough time breaking in, even when they have a search warrant.

"There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people...that we will be able to gain access" to encrypted devices, Comey told reporters, according to The Washington Post. "I want to have that conversation before that day comes."

President Barack Obama and FBI Directors
James B. Comey (left) stands next to President Barack Obama (center) and outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller (right)

That conversation will come soon. He's already made initial contact with Google and Apple, and when he gets a chance to sit down with each one, he'll press them on why they're marketing a technology that allows people to "place themselves beyond the law."

It was just last week that Apple proudly proclaimed how iOS 8 protects its users from prying eyes with built-in encryption. Apple chief Tim Cook posted a message to the company's website saying that Apple has never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor into products or services. On a separate page describing Apple's privacy sa[censored]uards, the company brags that it wouldn't be able to comply with a wiretap order even if it wanted to because due to encryption.

Google has been offering encryption as an optional feature since 2001, though beginning with the forthcoming Android L build, the feature will be enabled by default.
Offline infinityzen1  
#2 Posted : Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:23:06 AM(UTC)
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That guy can go outside and play hide and go F' himself.

Offline AJayD  
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:23:35 AM(UTC)
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Some nerve this guy has. Such measures wouldn't be necessary if the government and law enforcement didn't illegally search and hack into people's phones. Time to give this guy the boot before he has a chance to coerce Apple and Google with whatever threats he has up his sleeve. Not that Google needs much coercing. Schmidt is in bed with the government already.

Offline altshep123  
#4 Posted : Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:20:52 AM(UTC)
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How bold and presumptuous...

Like my grandmother said when she burnt her noogies...

TOUGH noogies!

Offline TButtons  
#5 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:39:59 AM(UTC)
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They're butthurt that they can't snoop on you as easily.

Offline CalicalCarlos  
#6 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:46:17 AM(UTC)
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they use safty for everything the real thing they want is to profile you they should be in jail for what they are doing everything they do they never seen isis coming that should tell you it never worked the us doller is going to crash china russia will be the world leader in money us spending money on war and to spy on us china is stock pileing 500 tons + in gold the use has no gold but i own you notes why you thing all us city under us army drills there getting ready for aus currency collapse in all history all currency never last it fails all the time

Offline JonathanPercoma  
#7 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:46:18 AM(UTC)
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It's FBI problem if they lacked in personnel that can't break in the encryption. Apple and Google is just doing their job right for protecting users from threats and attacks.

Offline JamesHostick  
#8 Posted : Monday, September 29, 2014 3:07:13 AM(UTC)
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And FBI, we take issue with the fact that you want to snoop on us without a proper Warrant. A judge can compel someone to unencrypt their device, no need for you to be able to do so without judge approval

Offline SamRussell  
#9 Posted : Monday, September 29, 2014 5:35:32 PM(UTC)
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The government is not entitled to any of my info period. It is my choice if i want to lock it all down and if they cant handle to freakin bad.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Benjamin Franklin

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