DOJ AND FBI SHOW NO SIGNS OF CORRECTING PAST UNTRUTHS IN THEIR NEW ATTACKS ON ENCRYPTION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DOJ AND FBI SHOW NO SIGNS OF CORRECTING PAST UNTRUTHS IN THEIR NEW ATTACKS ON ENCRYPTION

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data. You should not spend any of your time listening to them.

Don’t be mistaken; the threat to encryption remains high. Australia and the United Kingdom already have laws in place that can enable those governments to undermine encryption, while other countries may follow. And it’s definitely dangerous when senior U.S. law enforcement officials talk about encryption the way Barr and Wray did.

The reason to ignore these speeches is that DOJ and FBI have not proven themselves credible on this issue. Instead, they have a long track record of exaggeration and even false statements in support of their position. That should be a bar to convincing anyone—especially Congress—that government backdoors are a good idea.

Barr expressed confidence in the tech sector’s “ingenuity” to design a backdoor for law enforcement that will stand up to any unauthorized access, paying no mind to the broad technical and academic consensus in the field that this risk is unavoidable. As the prominent cryptographer and Johns Hopkins University computer science professor Matt Green pointed out on Twitter, the Attorney General made sweeping, impossible-to-support claims that digital security would be largely unaffected by introducing new backdoors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with giving government "back doors" through all computer entities is, that the bad guys already have this security already in place and evolving, and the good people may well be encrypting their business methods, to protect themselves against unfair competition.

And secondly, and most importantly, this government has proven, time and time again, that they are not to be trusted with anything more important than a receipt for a pizza!!

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