Apple argues stronger encryption will thwart criminals in letter to Australian government

Apple has long supported strong on-device encryption like the iPhone and iOS operating systems. This has often frustrated law enforcement in the United States and abroad and many claim that criminals can avoid capture by hiding communications and securing data in the hands of investigators in accordance with the company's encryption tools and policies.

In a letter to the Australian government, Apple says encryption is in fact a profit and public interest that can enhance our protection of cyberattacks and terrorism. From Apple's point of view, encryption makes it harder to hack into everyone's devices and is vulnerable to malicious attacks that can infect public and corporate security as well as public infrastructure and services. Apple is specifically responding to the Australian Parliament's support and access bill introduced at the end of last month and is helping the government make it easier for criminals to access devices and data during active investigations.

"Portable devices not only include personal email, health information and photos, Critical infrastructures such as services, power grids, and transportation hubs become more vulnerable when individual devices are hacked, "reads a letter that can be viewed online at a website hosted by the Australian Parliament. "Criminals and terrorists who want to break into a sensitive network by penetrating the system can start attacking by accessing a person's smartphone and there is no time to weaken the encryption in the face of these threats. There is a risk. "

Part of the support and access bill will include" building a framework "to support communications and technology industries in ongoing investigations involving encrypted data. Device. The bill also provides a stronger search warrant, which can mean a warrant that requires companies to use backdoors and other methods to bypass encryption or make it easier for government agencies to access device and cloud data, and " Warrant. "

Apple does not thoroughly condemn the bill in this case. However, he pointed out that "the bill remains ambiguous about encryption and security." Apple's letter calls for a less ambiguous language and "a firm demand that prohibits weakening of encryption or security protection." I have been criticizing six main themes by points. This includes "overly broad" governmental authority that can weaken security and encryption. Lack of judicial oversight. Technical requirements based on the government's "rational and practical view". What Apple calls "unprecedented blocking requirements"; A security order that Apple considers to be "unnecessarily breathable"; And we are working to achieve a global goal that can affect businesses, citizens and society far beyond Australia.

After long confrontation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation of the unlocking of the iPhone by San Bernardino, the user privacy and security, and the willingness to go to court to weaken encryption to meaningful law enforcement agencies Do not provide extensive access or tools. Apple's argument was that historically these tools were created solely to support the government, but they could go wrong and weaken security and privacy globally. In a letter to the Australian Parliament, the company said, "Future software innovation depends on the foundation of robust device security. It slows progress and puts everyone at risk to allow such protection to be weakened in some way." [19659008] Here is the full letter:

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