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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Trump Presidency Fuels Heated Encryption Debate

Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is critical of the new administration’s stated plans to force cell phone manufacturers and others to provide access to all information to government spies. “You’re dumbing down everyone’s security,” Cohn said, if you’re letting the government access encrypted data.

Too many law enforcement advocates act like there must be a technical compromise that experts just are too stubborn to find. But that’s not the case, because encryption is based on hard math, not compromises, Cohn said.

“Math doesn’t work in the same way that a DC policy discussion works,” she said.

You can read more in an article by Laura Hautala in C|Net at

Categories: Encryption

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