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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Interesting argument and one that is easy to grasp.

One weakness is that the tools which would allow access to the contents by authorities (when in possession of a valid search warrant) could also be used by other entities/individuals for illegitimate purposes.

Nevertheless, "hard access" leaves clear signs that it has occurred. Any "remote/soft access" can potentially be enabled for illegitimate purposes without one ever noticing it.

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