Govt to BAN End-to-End Encryption!
This week a bill was introduced called the “lawful access to encrypted data act.” It would give the government access to your most private communication, and put backdoors in your devices and apps.
Companies must be able to decrypted all data upon request, and if a company’s system doesn’t allow for this decryption, they can be required to redesign their system.
End-to-end encryption enables us to have private, secure communications in an increasingly insecure world. It protects human rights workers, journalists, activists, citizens from hostile governments, governments from hostile foreign agents, domestic abuse sufferers: All levels of society rely on private communications.
But Attorney General Bill Barr says the government should have access to everything. He said “Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content.”
The idea that government “can’t catch the bad guys” unless they break our end-to-end-encryption is false.
As Apple said: "Law enforcement today has access to more data -- data which they can use to prevent terrorist attacks, solve crimes and help bring perpetrators to justice -- than ever before in the history of our world. ... We believe it would be wrong to weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers so that it will also be weaker for the very few who pose a threat."
Officials like to say surveillance is for the “good of the nation”, but they mean the nation state, ie it helps the people in power keep their power. They don’t mean for the good of the citizens. In fact, weakening the privacy of every citizen makes us all much worse off.
Fight the EARN IT Bill and the LAWFUL ACCESS TO ENCRYPTED DATA Act here: https://act.eff.org/action/stop-the-earn-it-bill-before-it-breaks-encryption
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