The government kept encryption legal, but benignly neglected it, while our infrastructure, our business plans, and our personal secrets lay exposed to thieves, vandals and foreign powers. Security flaws were a pain to users, but a useful tool for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Now, post-Snowden, our tech companies are finally taking steps to implement strong-encryption-by-default, the best way to insure security and privacy. The FBI’s response? Clipper Chip redux.
And we’re back at square one.
Apple lawyers filed an exhaustive, fiery response Thursday to a court order demanding the company write software to defeat its own security protocols.
Apple spelled out the potential consequences for companies in the future if the FBI succeeds: