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An encryption back door won’t actually help intelligence agencies

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Nov 24, 2015.

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    Intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the United States have escalated the fight for a back door in encryption algorithms in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris. Aside from the fact that it’s an opportunistic attempt to exploit the tragedy in Paris, and that encryption apparently played no role whatsoever in those attacks, the reality is that adding a back door to encryption would not accomplish the intended goal.

    There’s three reasons an encryption back door won’t work. First, any legislation or mandate to build a back door into encryption algorithms for intelligence and law enforcement would only apply to US companies and/or US citizens using those tools. The government could try to ban or prevent people from using non-compliant encryption tools in the United States, but the funny thing about criminals and terrorists is that they’re not very keen on following rules dictated by the US government.

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