The Feds Want to Snoop on Your Encrypted Data. It’s “for the Children.”
Technology exists that allows anyone to effectively hide from government’s prying eyes as long as they do some basic legwork.
The perennially awful US senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is leading the charge on making sure Americans are denied that ability.
Governments Hate Encrypted Data
The most basic foundation of that is encryption, which uses math to prevent all but the sender and intended receiver from viewing the information in a message.
Graham, Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) have introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, an antiencryption bill that effectively makes all encryption without a government back door illegal. Other similar bills exist. To follow such an order would spell the death of encryption.
US attorney general Bill Barr penned a letter in support of this, writing:
Warrant-proof encryption allows these criminals to operate with impunity. This is dangerous and unacceptable.
It’s not about “warrant-proof encryption.” There is no other kind of encryption. Any encryption protocol that has a so-called back door is not real encryption. It’s a black and white matter. Either an item is encrypted or it’s not. The reason that savvy users demand encryption is that they know that neither tech companies nor governments are to be trusted with honoring the confidentiality of communications.
Abolishing Privacy “for the Children”
Attempting to pull at the heartstrings, Barr drops this in his letter:
Survivors of child sexual abuse and their families have pleaded with technology companies to do more to prevent predators from exploiting their platforms to harm children.
Barr appears to echo Hillary Clinton’s It Takes A Village by claiming that it is your respo
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