Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley Discuss Encryption at Democratic Debate

The candidates debate Internet security measures at the ABC News Democratic presidential debate.
3:54 | 12/20/15

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Secretary Clinton. I want to talk about a new terrorist tool used in the Paris attacks in creek check FBI director James Cummings says terrorists can hold secret communications. Which law enforcement cannot get to even with a court order you've talked a lot about bringing. Tech leaders and government officials together but apple CEO Tim Cook said. It's removing encryption tools from our products altogether. Would only hurt law abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data so would you forced him to give law enforcement a key to encrypted technology. By making it. Law. I would not want to go on to that point I would hope that given V. 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 that got to be partners it doesn't do anybody any good. If terrorists can move toward encrypted communication. That no law enforcement. Agency can break into before or after there must be some way I don't know enough about the technology Martha to be able to say what it is. But I have a lot of confidence in our tech experts and may be the back door is the wrong door and I understand what apple and others are saying about that. But I also understand when a law enforcement official charged with the responsibility of preventing attacks to go back to our early questions how do we prevent attacks. Well if we can't Knoll what someone is planning. We are gonna have to rely on the neighbor or you know the member of the mosque or the teacher somebody to see something. I just think there's got to be a way and I would Powell that architect companies would work with government to figure that out otherwise. Law enforcement is blind blind before lying during and unfortunately in many instances. Wind after so we always have to balance liberty and security. Privacy and safety. But I know that law enforcement needs the tools to keep us safe and that's what I hope. There can be some understanding and cooperation to achieve an end governor O'Malley where do you draw the line between national. Security and personal security I believe that we should never give up our. Our privacy never should give up our freedoms in exchange for a promise of security we need to figure this out together. We need a collaborative approach we need new leadership. The way that things work in the modern era of sexually to get gather people around the table and figure these things out the federal government should have to get warrants that's not some sort of passe. You know and T sort of principle that safeguards our freedoms. But at the same time with new technologies. I believe that the people creating these projects off having these products also have an obligation to come together with law enforcement to figure these things out. True to our American principles and values and all my friend depth Tisch chief who is saved by a doctor in Maryland. Back to do this issue a fart dangers to democracy of turning against ourselves. He was putting his ten and twelve year old boys to bid the other night and he is say proud American Muslim. And one of those little boy said to him. Dad. What happens if Donald Trump wins. And we have to moved out of our home. These are very very real issues this is a clear and present danger in our politics with them. We need to speak to what unites us as a people freedom of worship freedom of religion freedom of expression. And we should never be convinced to give up those freedoms in exchange for a promise of of greater security especially from someone as untried and as incompetent as Donald Trump. Thank your governor now.

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