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Why Facebook Should Stand Its Ground on Tech Backdoors

Why Facebook Should Stand Its Ground on Tech Backdoors

On Sunday, United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who oversees internal security, immigration and citizenship issues for the U.K., said that the end-to-end encryption capabilities of Whatapp and other messaging apps are “completely unacceptable,” and that technology firms that offer communication systems must provide governments with the ability to access information that users encrypt. She pointed to the fact that Khalid Masood, the terrorist who murdered several people in Westminster last week, used Whatsapp just a few minutes before committing his heinous crime; according to the BBC, Rudd even summoned representatives of Facebook (which owns WhatApp) to discuss ways to ensure that security officers get access to data that they need.

Despite the fact that there are certainly terrorists who use Whatapp and other modern communication tools, Secretary Rudd’s approach is mistaken: encryption backdoors harm security, and demands that app providers cripple the protection of private citizen’s communications is a danger to freedom, not a mechanism of combating crime.

To read more, please see my article in Inc., Why Facebook Should Stand Its Ground on Tech Backdoors.

 

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