The US’s insistence on weaker encryption puts citizens in harm’s way | Trevor Timm

The US’s insistence on weaker encryption puts citizens in harm’s way | Trevor Timm
By Trevor Timm

Government agencies can continue their push, which can still hurt Americans’ cybersecurity and even the US economy. But encryption is here to stay

We usually think of tech companies as invading our privacy – and with good reason – but in the current political climate where the FBI is aiming to vilify the encryption that is increasingly used to protect everyone’s private information, those same tech giants may be our best ally in protecting our privacy against the US government.

A frontpage New York Times story on Monday details the escalating legal and political fight between tech companies like Apple to protect user data from spying governments and criminals versus the FBI’s insatiable appetite to make sure there aren’t any communications beyond its reach.

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September 9, 2015 at 12:15PM
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