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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a) The government has a duty to protect the people, and needs to be able to protect the people.

This may sound odd given how we just accept things, but no it does not have a duty to protect the people against it's will. With regards to threats of banning crypto, this has not undergone a necessary public debate necessary for democracy, it oversteps moral bounds and is reminiscent of an undemocratic regime.

b) You get your butt raped daily and doctors aren't able to stop your anal bleeding; but you're glad that nobody can find your rapist even if you can't sit down.

With regards to things like military and police, they can exist but only because the people will it, the underlying authority must come from the people rather than the other way around.

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