EFF: War For Cryptography and Privacy is Raging
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that although the government is in many cases aware of the value of cryptography, they are opposing it. The UK government is an example they make frequent use of since the country is looking at banning cryptography that does not give the government a back door.
Used properly, strong encryption can avoid data leaks from happening. If files are encrypted, then anytime they get out of their proper sphere, they are useless. Governments should be using more cryptography, not discouraging its use. The EFF has determined that governments opposing strong cryptography will ultimately have a negative impact on their economies and overall security.
In the United Kingdom, a ban would have further effects. Open source software would have to become illegal. Otherwise, people might be able to compile their own encryption software. Closed source alternatives would still need backdoors from the government. David Cameron has said there should be nothing his government cannot read.
The EFF also outlines efforts in both the Netherlands and Australia, which will have similar effects to the efforts in the UK and the US. Governments everywhere are considering how best to get the most control of encryption technology. Citizens everywhere have a chance now to get ahead of the government and acquire a means of encrypting and decrypting files.
Weak encryption affects businesses as much as it does political dissidents and governments. Businesses require strong encryption to protect intellectual property as well as sensitive information. International efforts to ban cryptography don’t seem to take these uses into account. Instead, governments seem focused on terrorism. David Cameron is not comfortable allowing anything into the hands of terrorists that makes it more difficult to track their activities. He promised
a comprehensive piece of legislation that does not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with each other.
This is more commonly known as the Snooper’s Charter, and it will force companies to co-operate by creating a back door into any product sold within their jurisdiction.
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