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White House Officials Weigh Encryption Crackdown

White House officials apparently want to give a great “free gift” to credit card thieves, identity thieves, hackers, the spy agencies of foreign governments, and others who wish to do you harm.

According to an article by Eric Geller in the web site:

“Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.

“The encryption challenge, which the government calls “going dark,” was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter.

“Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it.”

You can read the full article at:

Comment: The White House officials don’t seem to understand the many benefits of encryption. Without encryption, anyone can eavesdrop on your online activities. Yes, government employees will be able to read everything you do online. Then again, so will hackers worldwide who have evil intentions.

Without encryption, all your personal information, your bank accounts, all your email messages, all your text messages, your online orders, your credit card information, your Social Security number, your political and religious beliefs, and much more would be available to anyone who can tap into your online activities.

Amazon and other e-commerce sites undoubtedly would go out of business as the credit card numbers used in ordering goods would soon be public information on “the dark web” where hackers buy and sell such information.

Even with present-day encryption, thousands of people have already tapped into your online data. Think about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Should we allow a thousand other companies to start influencing national elections, the advertisements we see, and most everything else in our lives?

The news services have been full of stories about such hacking activities since the World Wide Web was invented. I suspect the news services are only aware of a small percentage of today’s hacking activities. The problem already is bigger than what we read. Without encryption, that problem will only increase… significantly.

Without encryption, all stored data will be at risk. The only only thing to do would be to return to paper for all record keeping and for all correspondence.

Do you want to return to the not so good old days?

Are these public officials interested in what is best for you and me and for everyone else?

Categories: Current Affairs, Encryption, Legal Affairs

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