Would Proposed U.S. Encryption Ban be Circumvented?

With talk of a possible ban on encryption capabilities, and the government’s continuing attempts at forcing companies to cease the sale of said products, will Americans agree to leave themselves vulnerable to surveillance?  A new article from the Intercept suggests that will NOT be the case.  It states that because the U.S. can’t un-invent these capabilities, that folks with interest, including possible terrorists, will buy those products through foreign markets that remain unregulated.

The article quotes Bruce Schneier, a cryptologist and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who stated, ” Anyone who wants to avoid U.S. surveillance will have 546 competing products to choose from.”

You can read more about the proposed ban on encrypted devices here.


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