One of the dumbest ideas being voiced by politicians and bureaucrats these days is that all encryption should have “back doors” that allow various governments to break into the encryption and be able to read your private information, along with the private information of everyone else. This is sort of the equivalent of going on vacation and yet leaving the key to the front door of your house under the doormat. It will allow all sorts of miscreants to access your information, not just the government.
Should this idea ever become law, two things will (or won’t) happen:
- It won’t stop terrorists, thieves, drug dealers, money launderers, or anyone else.
- It will penalize honest people who simply want to hide their information from terrorists, credit card thieves, identity thieves, foreign governments, business competitors, abusive spouses, an ex-spouse’s attorney, and others.
Gavin Phillips has published an article in the MakeUseOf web site that should be required reading for politicians, bureaucrats, and private citizens alike. Why We Should Never Let the Government Break Encryption may be found at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/arguments-against-breaking-encryption.