Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at a White House cybersecurity summit on Friday at Stanford University, according to The Hill. The summit is another battleground in which tech companies and the government will discuss encryption.

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The White House is expected to reveal its next executive action on cybersecurity at the summit, which will bring together tech executives, leading academics and government officials to discuss ways in which the government can better collaborate with the private sector on cybersecurity initiatives.

Cook and other technology executives have called for government surveillance reform, calling for limitations on government authority to collect users' information, oversight and accountability, transparency about demands and more.

Meanwhile, the FBI has been in talks with companies like Google and Apple about their privacy features and have expressed concern that their encryption makes it difficult for investigators to infiltrate a kidnapper or terrorist's device for information that could prevent crimes or attacks. One Department of Justice official told Apple that investigators' inability to access their devices could lead to children dying.

FBI Assistant Director Joe Demarest Jr. and Secret Service Deputy Director A.T. Smith are two of the government officials who will give remarks on Friday.

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75 months ago
Think about the children! :rolleyes:

Privacy is important in this ever-changing world. Just because there are sicko's, and there always will be, doesn't mean the average Joe should have to give up his privacy. There is no good that can come of it.
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75 months ago
The gov should be able to access it with a warrant, problem is they think that because it's on an iPhone now the 5th amendment no longer matters, so it forced companies like Apple to block it all together. Really it's there own fault for overstepping to begin with.
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75 months ago

The gov should be able to access it with a warrant, problem is they think that because it's on an iPhone now the 5th amendment no longer matters, so it forced companies like Apple to block it all together. Really it's there own fault for overstepping to begin with.


Yeah. "with a warrant." Uh huh

Let's go ask our friend Ed Snowden what he thinks.
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74 months ago
I think of it this way: the default should be private. But most of the Internet is public. One day the whole world will be on it. Some things, like shopping and banking, personal conversations, etc, are private. Other places, much less so.

However, why don't Americans just read the Constitution? By default, your home, and your private life, is private. When police find information that you may be committing a crime-- not by surveillance, but in real life-- they can get a warrant for a search from a judge. So, why not the same for the Internet as for real life? A warrant can mean a search of your papers, your bedroom or your phone line.the Internet should be the same.

A lot of people say you can't allow tapping a computer because that means an insecure back door. That's not true. It's another way into your account with the government having a public key as well, that would be illegal for them to use unless they got a warrant, based on them convincing a judge they had reasonable grounds to suspect you were committing a crime. I'm not talking about spy agencies, but state and federal law enforcement. Putting child porn or the records of a criminal enterprise in the cloud shouldn't make it safer than in real life. I can't figure out why it's different. There were thousands of hours of phone calls recorded to catch one Mafia boss. Should be able to get a warrant if the Mafia boss's hipper son joins the business.
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75 months ago
It's too secure.
It's not secure enough.
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