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Apple goofed in several ways in fight with FBI over data encryption, renowned cryptographer says

Lucian Constantin | March 3, 2016
The company should assist the FBI now and pick a different case to make its stance, Adi Shamir said

For example, homosexual relationships or the use of cannabis were illegal for a long time across the U.S. Those activities have been decriminalized in many states, because enforcement of laws against them was not perfect and large numbers of people were able to engage in those activities without going to prison.

All members of the panel, which also included public-key cryptography pioneers Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, agreed, in one way or another, that a serious public discussion is needed before the FBI is granted the power to compel companies to do something that they wouldn't normally do in order to undermine encryption.


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