Despite the fact that IS terrorists were not using encryption to communicate their cunning plans, governments all over the world are bringing in laws to stop technology companies from offering the security option without providing the authorities with back-door keys.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called for federal legislation requiring tech companies such as Google and Apple to design smartphone operating systems so law enforcement can unlock data stored on them.
He urged Congress to pass a law mandating that information stored on phones built or sold in the United States incorporate weaker encryption standards than currently used so data are accessible to investigators.
Silicon Valley companies have moved to make strong encryption the default setting on their devices. Vance insisted that the moves from Apple and Google had a “severe” impact on public safety.
Vance said a new federal law to allow access for law enforcement “would not require new technology or costly adjustments.”
“It would require, simply, that designers and makers of operating systems not design or build them to be impregnable to lawful governmental searches,” he said.
Yet the proposal does not apply to encrypted conversations sent between devices so terrorists could use them for that. But if your bomb maker wanted to encrypt his stored emails or phone conversations he or she could be in trouble.
Little odd really given that most terrorists want to destroy any messages to prevent them being found by coppers.
Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, called Vance’s proposal “just an extension of the same rhetoric that we’ve heard.”
Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have argued the Paris attacks show that concerns about encryption legitimate. We are not sure how because the Paris attackers didn’t use encryption