The Dangers of Government-Mandated Encryption Backdoors



In late June, two pieces of legislation were introduced to the U.S. Congress, each offering its own requirements for mandating encryption backdoors—which would effectively put an end to end-to-end encryption. The LAED Act, introduced by three Republican senators, would force tech companies to assist the government in decrypting user data if so ordered by a court, while the bipartisan EARN IT Act would establish a government commission for security best practices headed by longtime encryption opponent Bill Barr. Both bills have met staunch opposition from encryption advocates, who astutely note that intentionally weakening encryption capabilities only makes it easier for cybercriminals to accomplish their goals.

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