Friday, 27 November 2015

EFF Wants Stronger Encryption Against Terrorists And Criminals

If the government were to ask people to remove the good locks on their doors and windows and replacing them worse so that government employees can penetrate more easily in case someone is a terrorist, no one would accept this because bad locks make everyone vulnerable.

Yet this is exactly what governments and law enforcement agencies in the case of encryption will, according to the American civil rights movement EFF. Regularly advocate agencies like the FBI to add backdoors in encryption, ensuring encrypted communication can still be tapped. This is similar to prevent people from getting access to good locks and locksmiths can produce good locks.

In this last example, most people would understand that this is not a wise idea, says Cindy Cohn of the EFF. However, when it comes to Internet and technology, such as the operation of encoding, which for many people is less clear. Parties such as the FBI and politicians would also have known better, says Cohn. "The answer to insecure networks and digital technologies must be correct in order to make them safer."

But that is not what is happening, so she continues. Policymakers are therefore urged to take this into account. "Ensuring that everyone's door is unlocked, is not the answer to crime or terrorism. That is the development and support of better security," Cohn decision.

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