Encryption is Not the Enemy

Many government employees, especially those in law enforcement and those tasked with spying on the country’s citizens, are calling for the prohibition of encryption. (See the numerous past articles in this web site about such calls.) Those calls for “back doors” and other software spy tools are getting louder since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. However, all the rhetoric only masks the real problems and the better solutions.

These bureaucrats mistakenly believe that law-breaking terrorists, drug dealers, and others will obey such a law. Common sense tells you otherwise: law breakers will break any laws they want to, including laws prohibiting encryption. Any laws prohibiting encryption will be widely ignored by those that the bureaucrats want to spy upon.

Of course, if passed, such laws would also infringe upon freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and by fundamental documents in other countries.

Writing in ZDNet, David Gewirtz describes more sensible and fully legal solutions. As he writes:

“So then, say desperate policy-makers, let’s make sure we can tap into that crypto. Let’s make sure all the big companies leave us back doors, leave us ways into consumer and business communication, give us a way to dig through all those digital bits, hopefully in real-time, to prevent further incidents.

“This kind of thinking is both foolish and dangerous — and ultimately ineffective.”

You can read Gewirtz’s article at http://goo.gl/ZnEdat.

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