President calls for built-in backdoors for all mobile devices.
President Barack Obama said Friday at an event in Texas that he wants mobile devices to be built in such a way as to allow the federal government to arbitrarily access personal data in order to prevent terrorism or enforce tax laws.
At a South by Southwest festival, Obama wouldn’t comment on the legal case involving Apple and the FBI but did say that he wants more government intrusion into private user data.
“The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there’s no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?” he said.
“What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement because if in fact you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket.”
Obama argued that the government and technology companies should work together on encryption, but didn’t discuss the risks of opening all mobile devices to federal government agencies.