Encryption is everywhere. Apple puts encryption on Mac, iPhone and iPad to make sure your information stays yours.
Encryption encrypts messages or information in a way that only you or authorized parties – with a password – can access it. Images, emails, text, files or anything else you use can be encrypted and made safe and secure from others. The authorities will have a key to access your encrypted files.
It's not just F.B.I. in the good old United States to A. who wants access to your encrypted files, communications and information. Authorities are afraid that criminals, terrorists and hackers can hide their business behind encrypted communications and files. They can. Authorities want to ban encryption or demand an available backdoor for encrypted files and communications on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC, bank accounts, businesses and other devices with built-in encryption.
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Australia has passed controversial laws to force technology companies to give police and security agencies access to encrypted messages.
The government says the laws, a world first, are needed to help fight terrorism and crime.
That sounds reasonable, right? Even plausible.
What is the problem? The encryption genius is out of the bottle. Criminals and hackers already have access to encryption methods that do not involve Apple, Microsoft, Google or other platforms, and can be easily installed on Mac, Windows PC, iPhones and iPad, and Android devices – and authorities cannot access such encrypted communications or files.
Nevertheless, the trend towards encryption with access from the authorities to the back door continues to grow. Pranav Dixit:
India wants technology platforms to break encryption and remove content The government believes it is "illegal"
Suppose all smartphones and personal computers sold by technology platforms in India had access to the back doors of the government. What now? Criminals, hackers and anyone else with something to hide or keep private still have access to encryption methods that will prevent attempts to access.
The encryption toothpaste is out of the tube.
Worse, thanks to an apparent and growing need to monitor and censor residents, some governments want to make it difficult for social platforms to remain private.
The Government of India wants to make it mandatory for platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google to remove content it considers "illegal" Within 24 hours of notification, and create "automated tools" to "proactively identify and remove" such material.
Big Brother is watching, and despite encryption, can remove any information it chooses wherever you put it.
Why? Because criminals, terrorists and hackers must be stopped.
Again, it seems likely, right?
If India works with these rules in its IT law, it would have precedent: Earlier this month, Australia passed a controversial encryption bill that would require technology companies to give law firms access to encrypted communications, saying it was important to stop terrorists and criminals who rely on secure messaging apps to communicate.
What government officials do not seem to understand is how criminals, terrorists and hackers work. If their communications are accessible by the authorities, they will go to communication options that are encrypted and cannot be broken. That means the villains stay safe while the good guys give governments access keys to their private information.
Governments? No. The villains simply move on to the encryption they control. Good people? Our encrypted services and files will be less secure because the authorities will have access to the back doors.
As always, the villains.
The trend toward prohibiting encryption or giving authorities access to the back door is flawed and will not solve either the encryption problem or what criminals, terrorists and hackers can do with encrypted information or communications.