ENCRYPTION DEBATE: THE ISSUE IS NOT STRONG CRYPTO, IT IS EASY CRYPTO

This past April, widespread debate ensued when the White House took the position that strong encryption used by companies can negatively impact national security. While there was a clear desire by government officials to take action in the weeks that followed, they realized the public had little enthusiasm for forced decryption that would provide law enforcement agencies with a backdoor or master keys to access encrypted communications.

In October, FBI Director James B. Comey ceded as much: “The administration has decided not to seek a legislative remedy now, but it makes sense to continue the conversations with industry.” Unfortunately, new legislation in California and New York is attempting to make default encryption for mobile devices illegal.

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