Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2018 21:14 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

The US, UK, and three other governments have called on tech companies to build backdoors into their encrypted products, so that law enforcement will always be able to obtain access. If companies don't, the governments say they "may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures" in order to get into locked devices and services.

Their statement came out of a meeting last week between nations in the Five Eyes pact, an intelligence sharing agreement between the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The nations issued a statement covering a range of technology-related issues they face, but it was their remarks on encryption that stood out the most.

Break encryption, or we'll break you.

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I wonder if, in a complete reversal of previous policy, the US will then impose *im*port restrictions on strong, independently created cryptography?

They had something like that in the past, restricting all cryptography available to citizens to 40-bits. This is why the CSS protection in DVDs and WEP were bruteforce-able from launch day, they simply had to work within the 40-bits max limit.

Basically, the simple question is: Should companies be allowed to manufacture and sell to the public a safe that cannot be opened without the password and immediately destroys all its contents the moment someone tries to crack it open with a blowtorch? There is no easy answer to this question.

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