Charlie Savage, reporting for The New York Times:
Craig Federighi, the senior vice president of software engineering
at Apple, stressed the importance of strengthening — not
weakening — security protections for products like the iPhone,
saying threats to data security were increasing every day and
arguing that it was a question of “security versus security”
rather than security versus privacy.
“Proposals that involve giving the keys to customers’ device data
to anyone but the customer inject new and dangerous weaknesses
into product security,” he said in a statement. “Weakening
security makes no sense when you consider that customers rely on
our products to keep their personal information safe, run their
businesses or even manage vital infrastructure like power grids
and transportation systems.”
Hurrah. Nailed it.
But some computer security researchers believe the problem might
be solvable with an acceptable level of new risks.
A National Academy of Sciences committee completed an 18-month
study of the encryption debate, publishing a report last month.
While it largely described challenges to solving the problem, one
section cited presentations by several technologists who are
developing potential approaches.
They included Ray Ozzie, a former chief software architect at
Microsoft; Stefan Savage, a computer science professor at the
University of California, San Diego; and Ernie Brickell, a former
chief security officer at Intel.
Boo. Really disappointed to see Ray Ozzie’s name on this list.
★ Saturday, 24 March 2018