Upvoted: Digital privacy advocates should be terrified of a Clinton presidency. On Dec. 19, 2015, Hillary Clinton said she wanted a “Manhattan-like project” to break encryption. via /r/technology


Digital privacy advocates should be terrified of a Clinton presidency. On Dec. 19, 2015, Hillary Clinton said she wanted a “Manhattan-like project” to break encryption.

During the 19/12/2015 Democratic debate, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked about the issue of electronic surveillance and encryption.

"You've talked a lot about bringing tech leaders and government officials together, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said removing encryption tools from our products altogether would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data," Raddatz said. "So would you force him to give law enforcement a key to encrypted technology by making it law?"

Clinton said she "would not want to go to that point" of forcing companies like Apple to give encryption keys to law enforcement.

"I would hope that, given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement, that there could be a Manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they're not adversaries, they've got to be partners," Clinton continued. "It doesn't do anybody any good if terrorists can move toward encrypted communication that no law enforcement agency can break into before or after. There must be some way. I don't know enough about the technology, Martha, to be able to say what it is, but I have a lot of confidence in our tech experts."

Clinton added some caveats. "Maybe the back door is the wrong door, and I understand what Apple and others are saying about that," she said. The US also has to "balance liberty and security, privacy and safety." But ultimately, Clinton said she wants tech companies to cooperate with the government. "Otherwise, law enforcement is blind—blind before, blind during, and, unfortunately, in many instances, blind after," she said.

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Submitted April 30, 2016 at 10:24AM by MellowArtichoke
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