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Australia Pushing for Encryption Back Door

Here we go again. Tim Hardwick, via Macrumors:

Australia claimed the increasing use of strong encryption on smartphones and other devices was hindering law enforcement’s capacity to gather and act on intelligence, and said it wants tech companies to do much more to give intelligence and law enforcement agencies access to encrypted communications.

No politician anywhere, or at anytime, has been able to explain the benefits to the country of their respective security services having the ability to know everything about the public’s private communications.

Providing a back door to encrypted communications – breaking encryption – is something that would be abused by both domestic security services and bad actors1 alike.

  1. Foreign, domestic, political, commercial…the list is endless. ↩︎