White House’s Internal Encryption Struggle is Hypocrisy at its Finest

The White House is pushing for greater encryption across all federal sites to help better protect data flowing between a user’s computer and the federal agency. Last week, the US government’s chief information officer Tony Scott announced it will require every federal website to “provide service through a secure connection” by the end of 2016. (See http://goo.gl/atqTzd for details.)

Simultaneously, many government agencies, including the White House, are lobbying for “back doors” to be installed in all encryption software so that government snoops and any other hackers around the world who can gain access to those back doors can snoop on everything. Michael Steinbach, FBI assistant director of counterterrorism, told a House Homeland Security Committee last week that tech companies should “prevent encryption above all else.”

Sorry folks, you can’t have it both ways. If the White House and other agencies can use encryption to protect secrets in this so-called age of “open government,” so can corporations and private citizens. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

If you encrypt, I encrypt.

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