On Wednesday, Trump administration officials met to discuss if there should be a legislation to prevent Silicon Valley tech companies from using encryption.
It is a long-standing scuffle between law-enforcement agencies and technology companies over seeking user data of criminals. National Security Council officials discussed a possibility wherein they could ask Congress to make end-to-end encryption illegal.
End-to-end Encryption Thwarts Investigation of Suspects: National Security Council
According to Politico, Trump government dubs encryption challenge as “going dark,” and it was the focus of a National Security Council meeting.
In the meeting, “Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it.”
The real motive behind implementing legislation on encryption is to investigate terrorism, dr*g trafficking, and child po*****phy. However, technology companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook “have increasingly built end-to-end encryption into their products and software in recent years – billing it as a privacy and security feature.”
People close to this matter said, “The two paths were to either put out a statement or a general position on encryption, and [say] that they would continue to work on a solution, or to ask Congress for legislation.”
In case the government imposes a ban on end-to-end encryption, security agencies can easily access data of suspects. At the same time, this lifting of security barricades by technology companies would give hackers and spies an open gate to enter the private digital space of millions of Americans.
Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) argue that “catching criminals and terrorists should be the top priority, even if watered-down encryption creates hacking risks. The Commerce and State Departments disagree, pointing to the economic, security, and diplomatic consequences of mandating encryption “backdoors.”
This end-to-end encryption issue has not reached any solution. In 2015, a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, the encryption issue was discussed in the court. Department of Justice dragged Apple to court to access the locked iPhone of one of the shooters.
Do you think the US government and tech companies can reach any conclusion?
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