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#encryption president Obamas bärsärkagång mot Apple möter starkt motstånd från Silicon Valley

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Apples Tim Cook till vänster.

I takt med att samhället digitaliseras så börjar nu allt fler amerikaner att få upp ögonen för att president Obama och FBIs krav på Apple att minska krypteringen och öppna bakdörrar till sina produkter inte bara handlar om iPhone utan också om det digitala hemmet, den självstyrande bilen och dina barns digitala leksaker.

Den allt hätskare bärsärkagången mot Apple som nu har utökats till att också omfatta Facebook, syftar till att inte ge någon innevånare i USA rätten till några som helst krypterade kommunikationer som FBI inte kan bryta sig in i.

Och det inkluderar dina patientjournaler, din dotters digitala Barbiedockor, ditt digitala hem, din digitala bil och alla dina digitala bilder. Allt ska kunna granskas av FBI genom speciella bakdörrar som sen också kan utnyttjas av Kina, Ryssland och Iran, för att bara nämna några skurkstater.

Michael D. Shear, David E. Ssanger och Katie Benner skriver i New York Times:
In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

Officials had hoped the Apple case involving a terrorist’s iPhone would rally the public behind what they see as the need to have some access to information on smartphones. But many in the administration have begun to suspect that the F.B.I. and the Justice Department may have made a major strategic error by pushing the case into the public consciousness.

Many senior officials say an open conflict between Silicon Valley and Washington is exactly what they have been trying to avoid, especially when the Pentagon and intelligence agencies are trying to woo technology companies to come back into the government’s fold, and join the fight against the Islamic State. But it appears it is too late to confine the discussion to the back rooms in Washington or Silicon Valley.

The fact that Apple is a major consumer company “takes the debate out of a very narrow environment — the universe of technologists and policy wonks — into the realm of consumers where barriers like the specific language of Washington or the technology industry begins to fall away,” said Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a grass-roots activist network.

That organization and other activist groups like Black Lives Matter have seized on the issue as important for their members. In February the civil liberties group Fight for the Future organized the day of protest against the government order that resulted in rallies in cities nationwide.

Som Guardian kan avslöja så har Obamas bärsärkagång mot Apple nu fått resten av Silicon Valley att snabbt börja stärka krypteringen av sina produkter.

Danny Yadron skriver i brittiska Guardian: Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data. Spurred on by Apple’s battles against the FBI, some of tech’s biggest names are to expand encryption of user data in their services, the Guardian can reveal

Silicon Valley’s leading companies – including Facebook, Google and Snapchat – are working on their own increased privacy technology as Apple fights the US government over encryption, the Guardian has learned.

The projects could antagonize authorities just as much as Apple’s more secure iPhones, which are currently at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation. They also indicate the industry may be willing to back up their public support for Apple with concrete action.

Within weeks, Facebook’s messaging service WhatsApp plans to expand its secure messaging service so that voice calls are also encrypted, in addition to its existing privacy features. The service has some one billion monthly users. Facebook is also considering beefing up security of its own Messenger tool.

Snapchat, the popular ephemeral messaging service, is also working on a secure messaging system and Google is exploring extra uses for the technology behind a long-in-the-works encrypted email project.

Eftersom Pentagon, NSA och CIA alla är beroende av Silicon Valley för IT-teknologi, så har president Obama redan skadat Washington genom sin hårda framfart mot Apple. Men han verkar inte bry sig.

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