President Obama Says we need "Balance" with Privacy

The big debate lately has been between the FBI and Apple. Following the shootings in San Bernadino, CA back in December, the FBI has been trying to get Apple to crack open the dead shooters iPhone 5C so that the FBI can get some intel. This has set a whole new standard when it comes to smartphones. You see, many thought that Apple and Google had backdoors built into their smartphone OS, but that appears to be untrue. Additionally, Apple doesn't think they should have to crack open a phone whenever the government suspects something. Which could open up a whole other can of worms for both Apple and the government. But there needs to be a balance between the two. According to President Barack Obama who was speaking at South by Southwest on Friday in Austin, TX.

Obama stated that he stays committed to privacy and civil liberties that each American gets, but he did also state that there needs to be a balance between intrusion and privacy. Saying that a little intrusion when needed should be possible. "The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there's no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot," said President Obama.

Not everyone is a fan of President Obama, but he does have a point here. While the government shouldn't be able to tap into your smartphone whenever they wish to do so, they also should be able to tap into your smartphone to stop terrorist attacks like what happened in San Bernadino from happening. Apple's court case against the FBI could change the way encryption is done, and it's going to be really interesting to see just what the judge rules on in this case. The ruling wouldn't affect just those with an iPhone, but anyone using any smartphone. Whether it's running Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile or any other OS. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

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