Encryption and Law Enforcement Special Access: The U.S. Should Err on the Side of Stronger Encryption

A debate is currently raging over whether law enforcement should have some sort of special access, which has been called a backdoor, into encrypted communications and data. The FBI contends that special access is needed to access the communications and data of criminals and terrorists. However, many in the technology community argue that this will undermine the cybersecurity of all communications and will not work because some users will find alternative services to encrypt their communications. The case for special access by law enforcement to encrypted materials is one with noble objectives and intentions, but the reality is that technology has changed as to make this policy detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity, with no guarantee of success.

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