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The Encryption Wars Are Back but in Disguise

June 30, 2020

The Encryption Wars Are Back but in Disguise

The police pooh-pooh this, saying that, sometimes, despite all the new sources of intelligence available, they need access to encrypted content. It started in the spring of 2019 when Facebook announced plans to extend end-to-end encryption by default, already in WhatsApp, across all its platforms. Last December, Facebook declared it wouldn’t provide “backdoor access,” which it said could also be used by malicious actors. At this point we need better data protection for citizens and industry in the face of increasing nation-state threats to critical infrastructure, elections, human rights and civil liberties. Government backdoors risk exploitation by unauthorized outsiders, as CALEA systems have been, diminishing the privacy of internet users. On March 5, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the EARN IT Act, purportedly designed to curb online child exploitation. Encryption can conceal the content of messages, but the failure record of encryption applications against well-resourced opponents should give users pause.

Article from Scientific American.