Jan 12, 2015

Will government efforts to fight terrorism eliminate secure cloud storage for everyone?

Even before the recent attacks in Paris, governments have been trying to force companies to leave back doors for them to access data stored in the cloud. Attorney General Eric Holder claims that encryption has emboldened criminals and made it easier to break the law. UK PM David Cameron wants backdoors in all messaging apps. Perhaps I’m being paranoid, but this seems like it’s just inviting unauthorized access to data and communications. Am I actually paranoid, or is this a real risk?
It seems that this happens in every country. Governments need to get some decrypted information for other preparation.
If they ban encryption then yes, it might very well happen. But they'll have to fight if they want to do that since many people will also fight on the other side. It remains to be seen which side will win, but I'm on the side that's against banning encryption.
The notion of backdoor access by government agencies is not a new one and has been debated for decades. I recall the debates around the Clipper clip in the early 1990s that thankfully went nowhere.

The short answer to your question is you are probably being paranoid. These backdoor efforts will certainly make it more difficult for terrorists and others who have something they want to hide from view. And the Snowden revelations show that the NSA can be abusive of its prying powers.

What is interesting to me about the recent events in Paris is how authorities shut down cell service prior to their raids so that the terrorists couldn't communicate with each other. I think this is perhaps more worrisome.
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