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Gov't wants tech companies' backdoors for snooping

Gov't wants tech companies' backdoors for snooping
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British Prime Minister David Cameron created more than just a few waves recently by announcing that secured messaging apps, like Snapchat and WhatsApp, would be banned unless they created backdoors for government spying. And he wasn't alone in that sentiment.

President Obama all but agreed with Cameron on the issue of backdoors in social media. In a press conference with the prime minister, he stressed the need for secret ways for governments to spy on potential terrorists.

More specifically, he stated:

"Social media and the Internet is the primary way in which these terrorist organizations are communicating. That’s not different from anybody else, but they’re good at it. And when we have the ability to track that in a way that is legal, conforms with due process, rule of law and presents oversight, then that’s a capability that we have to preserve. "

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