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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

FBI General Counsel Who Fought Apple over Encryption has had a Rethink

In 2016, FBI General Counsel Jim Baker demanded that Apple “break” the encryption that insures users’ privacy on iPhones. Apple refused to do so. The lawyers got involved and legal action was planned. Eventually, Jim Baker and the FBI dropped the case when the FBI proved the case by other means, not involving the iPhone’s encryption. You can read more about the case by reading the articles posted in this blog at the time. Start at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=fbi+apple&x=0&y=0 to find those articles.

Jim Baker has since left the FBI and now he has had a change of mind. He now claims that encryption is a good idea to “protect the United States from threats.” In short, Mr. Baker now thinks encryption is a good thing for everyone.

You can read Jim Baker’s latest views in his article, Rethnking Encryption , that is available in the iMore web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy191025.

Categories: Encryption, Legal Affairs

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