Congressional Report: Don’t Backdoor Encryption

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A new congressional report argues that, contrary to a view held by many in the federal government, it would actually hamper American security if the government outlawed strongly encrypted communications.

Instead, the study echoes the overwhelming, consistent sentiment expressed by cryptographers and the tech community, and found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest.”

At heart is the notion, often given as a dire warning by FBI Director James Comey, of “going dark,” meaning a criminal uses a computer, smartphone, or communication app whose security is so strong, law enforcement wouldn’t have a means to access what’s on such a device. Comey has long warned of, as an example, a hypothetical where terrorists in the U.S. would use an iPhone to coordinate, but his agents wouldn’t be able to infiltrate their communications. – READ MORE

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