Privacy Blog

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

Cops see an Encryption Problem. Spyware Makers see an Opportunity.

In regular intervals, politicians demand that companies add backdoors to their end-to-end encrypted cloud services to enable law enforcements to easier persecute criminals. This demand ignores that any backdoor to encryption poses a severe threat to online security in general. An article in the Tutanota Blog explains why a backdoor is – and will always be – a stupid idea.

The Trump administration is once again pushing for access to encrypted data. But some intelligence companies are selling a sneakier route around protection.

See the article by Patrick Howell O’Neill in the TechnologyReview web site for the details.

Once this spyware becomes popular, its use will not be restricted to legitimate law enforcement uses. Rogue police officers as well as hackers, spies at foreign and domestic governments, credit card thieves, private detectives, and others will undoubtedly learn how to use these spyware tools for all sorts of nefarious purposes within weeks, possibly within days, after the decryption tools become available.

Categories: Encryption, Online Privacy & Security

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