Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for a “Manhattan-like project” to help law enforcement break into encrypted communications. This is in reference to the Manhattan Project, the top-secret concentrated research effort which resulted in the US developing nuclear weapons during World War II.
At Saturday’s Democratic debate (transcript here), moderator Martha Raddatz asked Clinton about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s statements that any effort to break encryption would harm law-abiding citizens.
“You’ve talked a lot about bringing tech leaders and government officials together, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said removing encryption tools from our products altogether would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data,” Raddatz said. “So would you force him to give law enforcement a key to encrypted technology by making it law?”
Clinton said she “would not want to go to that point” of forcing companies like Apple to give encryption keys to law enforcement.
“I would hope that, given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement, that there could be a Manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they’re not adversaries, they’ve…