Trump's thoughts on encryption

Breaking Down Donald Trump’s Thoughts on Cyber Security

The US citizens have spoken and Donald Trump is the new President Elect. Though it’s too early to critique, it would be wise to take into consideration the concerns of the more tech savvy. The following is what the new POTUS had to say about cyber security; “the cyber.”

Trump’s Views on Encryption and Backdoors

Donald Trump has always kept a tough stance on unbreakable encryption. At the time when the government was openly engaged in a heated battle with Apple over the issue of allowing backdoors into the iOS software, Trump gave the following statement in an interview with Fox and Friends:

“To think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cellphone? Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it,” Trump raged, “I agree 100% with the courts. In that case, we should open it up. I think security overall — we have to open it up. And we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense.”

He even called on his candidates to boycott Apple products until they accept the government’s demands, stating:

“Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK?” Trump told a campaign rally in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. “What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number, I just thought of it. Boycott Apple.”

Trump’s Views on Surveillance and Closing Down of The Internet

When asked if he wishes to close off portions of the internet in order to thwart terrorism;

“Yes sir, I am,” Trump replied. “”I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don’t want to let people who want to kill us and kill our nation use our Internet. ISIS is using the Internet better than we are using the Internet and it was our idea.”

He followed up by supporting the idea of online surveillance stating:

“You could close it. But what I like even better than that is getting our smartest, and getting our best to infiltrate their Internet, so that we know exactly where they’re going, exactly where [ISIS is] going to be.”

When the comment was followed up by boos in the Las Vegas auditorium, Trump responded, “you’re objecting to us infiltrating their conversations? I don’t think so.”

“We should be able to figure out a way to penetrate the Internet and find out exactly where ISIS is and everything about ISIS,” Trump said, “and we can do that if we use our good people.”

Trump’s Views on Net Neutrality

After President Obama pushed FCC to develop “the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality,” Donald Trump strongly disagreed, stating that the move was “another top-down power grab” by the US President.

What Americans Need to Prepare For?

Too early to say… All we know for now is what Trump said in the past. Will he stick to what he said? Only time will tell. For the time being, we’d rather be safe than sorry. You decide.

Sheheryar Ahmed Khan is a privacy enthusiast, currently affiliated with PureVPN. His reporting covers subjects related to online privacy, anonymity, and security. Also a believer in online freedom, Sheheryar likes to spend his free time streaming football matches and TV shows online.

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