Obama: If Government Can’t Access Phones, ‘Everybody Is Walking Around With A Swiss Bank Account In Their Pocket’
Some are walking around with their college records in their pockets.
In light of the brewing war between Apple and the FBI, President Barack Obama cautioned in his keynote at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival that no one should take an absolutist position on the debate between privacy and public safety.
His key argument centered on the trade-offs Americans already make to guarantee their safety and well-being, whether it’s going through TSA security screening at airports — something Obama joked that he hadn’t done in awhile but heard is awful — or being searched at a drunk-driving stop.
“This notion that somehow our data is different and can be walled off from those other trade-offs we make, I believe is incorrect,” Obama told the crowd.
Yet access to smartphones by government should be limited so that it can’t “willie nilly” get into anyone’s phones. More