And why should it? For the sake of argument do you think the government should tell you that you MUST install a home security system, have dead bolts on every exterior door, require exterior doors be steel or solid wood, limit the side of windows to no more than 1" by 1" or require bars?
If you're in business and promising your customers that you're keeping their stuff secure, well, yeah, there should be legal penalties for not meeting some standards of due diligence (admittedly, there's quite a bit of wiggle room as to where those standards should be set).
I believe Americans are overly obsessed with so-called privacy.
by Anonymous Coward
Speaks for itself, doesn't it?
Apple and Google replied, in essence, that they could not [access the phones] — because they did not know the user’s passcode. (...United Way Update...) There is no evidence that it would address institutional data breaches
In words of one syllable (well, I can't do anything about the fact that "Apple" and "Google" are two syllables, so the authors of the article will just have to pop an aspirin and such it up): The whole point is to stop that kind of data leak -- if Apple and Google don't have it, a bad guy can't steal it from them.
Safes can be accessed with a warrant only because it is beyond our ability to make an uncrackable safe.
That's not really a significant difference, since is is within our ability to make safes that are effectively impossible to crack without destroying the contents, which is equivalent from the point of view of government agents seeking information.
Never trust an operating system.