3 Solutions To Apple-FBI Standoff Over Encryptions
The future has finally caught up with law enforcement agencies which over the years have raised concern over the potential impact of encryptions. Tech companies continue to roll out encrypted products in masses all in the effort of shielding consumers from the prying eyes of the government. The same efforts have not gone well with the men in uniform as they go a long way to derail crucial investigations.
The use of encryption continues to divide opinion not only with the consumers that they seek to protect but also among tech companies. At the current pace, security agencies might find it hard to access encrypted communications or data in future.
Apple has until now been at the center of attention over its standoff with the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shootings. Given the encryptions used on the iPhone the agency has been unable to access information that it says is crucial to solving the case. Having already sought assistance from the tech giant nothing has been forthcoming.
The standoff essentially arouses debate of whether Apple should comply with a court order or stick with its policy of protecting user’s privacy. The dilemma has spilled over, with some calling for the creation of backdoors essential for decrypting communications in case of a warrant.
Tech companies have so far stood their ground against the creation of backdoors which they say could be manipulated by state actors and hackers. Despite the claims there is a workaround that could help unlock the standoff.
Possible Solutions To Encryption Standoff
Congress help is highly needed in this case. Lawmakers could empower law enforcement by giving them the power to hack into a suspect’s handset. The same on the other hand should only happen on the issuance of a warrant. Tech companies are not expected to cry foul over lawful hacking especially when it comes to matters of national security.
Secondly, the Executive should explore ways advancing national capacity when it comes to decrypting data. Creating a national decryption capability by drawing expertise from the NSA is the only way the government can be able to avert the effects of going dark.
Law enforcement tech literacy should also be enhanced if the men uniform is to keep up with encryptions being rolled by tech giants. Even with the suggestions it is highly unlikely that the two parties will ever come up with a one size fits all solution.