Friday, September 20, 2019
From time to time, often as a reaction to acts of violence or terrorism, various government officials or law enforcement officers propose limiting strong encryption or mandating government back doors. Such proposals face both legal and practical hurdles. Furthermore, banning strong encryption would actually do more harm than good. It would not prevent bad actors from communicating in secret but it would leave law abiding citizens vulnerable to both private hackers and overreaching governments.