Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Encryption safeguards our digital and physical selves. But when encryption impedes law-enforcement investigations, it can undermine public safety. Can we design a system such that our data is secure against malicious actors while simultaneously accessible to the government pursuant to lawful process?
This article, prepared for the UC Irvine Law Review's symposium on gender, equality, and technology, tries to advance the debate over government access to encrypted data. First, it explains that, although government access to encrypted data is publicly framed as primarily a national-security issue, its biggest public-safety effects are on state and local criminal investigations.