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The Encryption Debate Should End Right Now

An interesting article by Brian Barrett in the Wired web site perfectly describes why a ban on encryption will never work and can even be harmful. While law enforcement officials keep asking for a “backdoor” into encrypted documents and messages, Barrett asks, “Why entrust a key to someone who gets robbed frequently?”

In this case, the “someone who gets robbed frequently” is the US government, specifically the US intelligence services. However, I am sure the same thoughts apply to other governments as well.

In March, WikiLeaks released nearly 9,000 documents exposing the CIA’s hacking arsenal. More so-called Vault 7 secrets trickled out as recently as this week. And then there’s the mysterious group or individual known as the Shadow Brokers, which began sharing purported NSA secrets last fall. April 14 marked its biggest drop yet, a suite of hacking tools that target Windows PCs and servers to devastating effect.

Do you want the government to have a key to the “backdoor” of your messages and documents? If so, what prevents the “robbery” of the government agencies and later sharing of your private information by other governments and hackers worldwide?

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Categories: Encryption

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