Obama: Cyber-world is the ‘Wild, Wild West’
“The cyber-world is sort of the wild, wild West, and to some degree, we’re asked to be the sheriff,” Obama said. “When something like Sony [data breach] happens, people want to know, ‘What can government do about this?’ When information is being shared by terrorists, people want us to find ways of stopping that from happening. By necessity, that means government can use its own significant capabilities in the cyber-world. But then, people plainly ask: ‘What safeguards do we have around government intruding on our own personal privacy?’ It’s hard. Government has to be continuously self-critical, and we need to continue to have an open debate on this.”

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