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Encryption backdoors via the back door

The latest salvo by government and law enforcement to require weakening of encryption comes via a law supposedly about the prevention of child abuse.

 

The EARN It Act doesn't actually mention encryption: it talks about "lawful access."  But, make no mistake, it would put pressure on tech companies to weaken encryption or provide backdoors.  If they don't, they would be denied the current protection of simply being the carrier of postings: if that is removed, the companies can be sued for anything any of their users post.

 

But how can we object to protection from child abuse?  Well, although child abuse is being used as a selling point of the bill, it actually doesn't do anything to protect against it ...


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