Apple has once again defended its ability to use strong encryption on the iPhone, this time in response to threats from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee,media reported. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has previously issued warnings to several tech giants, including Apple Inc.
During the hearing, the senator spoke with New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Apple and Facebook experts, and others about allowing legal access to encrypted devices. Senator Graham warned companies, “You’re going to have to find a way to do this, or we’ll help you.” “
Graham praised the fact that people “can’t hack my phone,” but wants Apple to create a backdoor for law enforcement. However, technology companies believe such tools can also be used by unauthorized law enforcement agencies or by hackers.
Vance, a district attorney who often opposes the use of devices for high-intensity encryption, says his office gets 1,600 devices a year as part of the case evidence. Of these, 82% were locked, a percentage that increased year by year. Vance says his team ends up with out of 300 to 400 devices a year.
Apple works extensively with law enforcement
Erik Neuenschwander, Apple’s user privacy manager, said the company had responded to 127,000 requests from law enforcement over the past seven years, adding that the figure did not include the thousands of emergency requests apples responded within 20 minutes.
Neuenschwander’s team, including former law enforcement officials, has issued “comprehensive law enforcement guidelines” to help law enforcement. The guide provides information about the available data, where to find it, and how to get it. Neuenschwander says the lack of clear information among law enforcement officials is greater than the problem of encryption. In other words, the gap between available technology and knowledge of how it is used continues to widen, putting law enforcement in jeopardy.
Neuenschwander argues that there is no secure way to remove encryption from your phone. “Ultimately, we believe that strong encryption can make all of us more secure, and we haven’t found a way to provide access to the user’s device, which doesn’t compromise everyone’s security,” he told Graham and the committee. “
Jay Sullivan, director of privacy and integrity product management for Facebook Messenger services, points out that even if Facebook abandons Messenger, people will quickly turn to foreign-developed apps, such as The Line service in Japan or Viber in Israel.
Graham and the committee did not seem to fully understand what Sullivan and Neuenschwander meant, and Graham reiterated his threat: “My advice to you is that everyone should accept … By this time next year, if you haven’t come up with a solution that is acceptable to all of us, we will impose your will on you. “