Tag: Bruce Schneier

Sunday Paper - Supporting Strong Encryption, Facebook' Political Ad Policy, CES and vegan food, Music Shuffling versus Album Listening

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There is a disconnect between the USA Congress, FBI, DOJ and industry regulatory bodies on encryption. The minute there is a data breach, Congress wants answers and results. That same congress along with the FBI is scaring people into supporting backdoors in everything while the Defense Department argues that robust encryption is necessary for national…

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2019-08-14 07.39.19

Attorney General Barr and Encryption - Schneier on Security by Bruce Schneier

With this change, we can finally have a sensible policy conversation. Yes, adding a backdoor increases our collective security because it allows law enforcement to eavesdrop on the bad guys. But adding that backdoor also decreases our collective security because the bad guys can eavesdrop on everyone. This is exactly the policy debate we should be having -- not the fake one about whether or not we can have both security and surveillance.

When I break it down, what I think the attorney general is saying to all of us law-abiding citizens, is "in the interest of finding the criminals among you we want the power to stop and frisk". I do not trust these three-letter government agencies with this power. I agree with Bruce: As computers continue…

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