The Encryption Debate with Edward Snowden
The debate on encryption does not seem to be going away anytime soon. Recently, CNN picked up from where the Internet Technorati left. Called the Debates of the Century, supported by some top Billionaires,
The debate started with “Government should have lawful access to any encrypted message or device.” The focus of this debate was not about outlawing encryption but how justified is the Government or the Law in forcing someone or some company to decrypt an encrypted file or drive. Many of nowadays use encrypted software as also encrypted drives. Even smartphones come with encryption that is locked using a passphrase or password.
So the question that was debated was if an encrypted data can have a backdoor that allows for the Government to get access to the encrypted data and while Fareed was very much straight to the point, Snowden was dancing around the point of outlawing encryption. Encryption is here to stay. Whether the law permits or not just as guns are being used by criminals, these very people will use encryption unlawfully.
However, it is important to know if the law can force a person to become naked in security by allowing the law to peep into their closet whenever they want to. That point was quite missed in the debate and hopefully this is taken up in another one.