This could be the dawn of a new age … and not a good one.
It is very hard to find someone who is not constantly attached to the cellphone these days, and the Obama administration has taken note of that fact and wants to do something terrible to invade our privacy through our handheld devices.
An Obama administration working group explored four approaches that tech companies could possibly use to law enforcement to unlock encrypted communications through our phones and computers. The group concluded that the solutions were “technically feasible”.
However, they are trying to keep these discoveries under wraps. Senior officials do not intend to advance the solutions as “administration proposals” – or even want them shared outside the government, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.
This is because they fear what could happen if people found out what they were up to.
“Any proposed solution almost certainly would quickly become a focal point for attacks,” said the unclassified memo, drafted this summer by officials from law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic and economic agencies for eventual consideration by Cabinet members.
A senior official stated that they were “not promoting those (solutions) as the way to go… we’re just saying these are things that could be done.” He spoke in anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.