by Brandon Butler
Apple at CES: Backdoors Don’t Solve Terrorism 1/8/2020

Kif Leswing at CNBC reporting on Apple at CES this week talking encryption and supporting law enforcement:

[Jane Horvath, Apple’s senior director] reiterated Apple’s view that to protect customer data, if a phone is stolen or gets left in a cab, and ensure consumer trust, the company has designed its devices so that it can’t access highly personal information. Apple says that, for locked phones, in order to retrieve data that hasn’t been uploaded to the company’s servers, it would have to build special software. […]

Horvath said that Apple has a team working around the clock to respond to requests from law enforcement. But she said she doesn’t support building so-called back doors into software that would allow law enforcement elevated access to private data to solve crimes like terrorism.

“Building back doors into encryption is not the way we are going to solve those issues,” Horvath said.

I’m still not sure how giving my location, health, and financial data to China prevents mass shootings. Mass shootings started long before we had encrypted iPhones, and without serious gun control reform the mass shootings will continue. A backdoor into my phone doesn’t prevent this, and never will. The US Government is using terrorism as a scapegoat for weakening encryption, but this is stupid and wrong.