This Is Why This Argument Is Important
Congressman Lieu graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a B.S. in Computer Science and an A.B. in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, where he was Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal and received four American Jurisprudence awards.He also served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Tang of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
… in other words, Congressman Lieu is very well positioned (in congress potentially uniquely) to comment on this attempt by the Feds to infringe on our rights as citizens. (And I know that is not how they are phrasing it … but read on …
Forcing Apple to weaken its encryption system in this one case means the government can force Apple—or any other private sector company—to weaken encryption systems in all future cases. This precedent-setting action will both weaken the privacy of Americans and hurt American businesses. And how can the FBI ensure the software that it is forcing Apple to create won’t fall into the wrong hands? Given the number of cyberbreaches in the federal government—including at the Department of Justice—the FBI cannot guarantee this back door software will not end up in the hands of hackers or other criminals.
[Source : Congressman Lieu via Jim Dalrymple ]
John Gruber : “This whole debate hinges upon a sheer fantasy, that somehow their can exist secure encryption that the “good guys” can break when they want to."