Tech Giants Oppose Encryption Backdoors

Google and Apple urging obama

Tech Giants including Google, Apple and others are urging US president Obama to reject any government proposals that demands backdoor access to encrypted devices. In an open letter to the White House, more than 140 companies and prominent technologists stating that "strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy's security."

All of the companies and technologists believe that it's impossible to build a backdoor for governments in email, cellphone encryption and other communications without creating vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

The letter is likely to be a response to calls from the FBI and Justice Department to include backdoors to allow them to access data on US citizens. 

FBI Director James B. Comey, who demanded access to the user data, said, "There's no doubt that all of us should care passionately about privacy, but we should also care passionately about protecting innocent people."

The letter has also gained the support of three out of the five members of Obama's review group set up in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations. 

While public safety is a valid concern, security experts rightly point out that a backdoor enabling only the US government to access data is simply not possible.

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