Encryption is the double-edge tech sword of the moment. It keeps us safe from eavesdropping but also allows for conversations outside the purview of organizations like law enforcement. It’s no secret that the US government wants to be able to drop in and listen on end-to-end encrypted communications. But what does that mean for the overall security profile for us all?
Bruce Schneier comments:
Yes, adding a backdoor increases our collective security because it allows law enforcement to eavesdrop on the bad guys. But adding that backdoor also decreases our collective security because the bad guys can eavesdrop on everyone. This is exactly the policy debate we should be having — not the fake one about whether or not we can have both security and surveillance.
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