Do you remember when FBI Director James Comey asked for "backdoor" access into every smartphone on the market?
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) certainly remembers. And he's not having a minute of it. In fact, he just proposed an all-new bill that could be reestablish the line between the government and your smartphone.
Wyden's concern with giving the FBI this access isn't just about privacy, either. It's about vulnerability.
If cellphone manufacturers make it so that the FBI can break in to any smartphone, Wyden argues, why couldn't a hacker do the same thing?
Comey claims that Wyden doesn't know what he's talking about:
There is a misconception that building a lawful intercept solution into a system requires a so-called 'back door,' one that foreign adversaries and hackers may try to exploit. But that isn't true. We aren't seeking a back-door approach. We want to use the front door, with clarity and transparency, and with clear guidance provided by law.
I don't know what Comey means by "front door" access.
Well, I know he's trying to say that everything's still on the up-and-up, but Wyden's argument is that unlocking a "front door" for FBI snoops would be dangerous.