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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 42 Countries Joined to Issue Open Letter Against Encryption Backdoors

42 Countries Joined to Issue Open Letter Against Encryption Backdoors

42 Countries Joined to Issue Open Letter Against Encryption Backdoors

Added: Saturday, January 16th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Just a few days after senior Obama administration officials made an attempt to revive a relationship with Silicon Valley titans that was damaged by Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance practice, cyber activists from 42 countries issued an open letter. The letter is aimed against government efforts to insert or use software flaws in encryption protocols.

195 experts, firms and civil-society groups from 42 countries signed the letter claiming that people should have the option to use the strongest encryption available without fear that governments will compel access to their communications without due process and respect for human rights. The letter was initiated by the digital-rights group Access Now, calling for the governments not to limit user access to encryption in any form, rejecting the global government efforts to mandate encryption backdoors.

It is not a secret that many American security officials, including FBI director James Comey, have urged the tech giants to create backdoors into encrypted communications that only the government could access. Technologists criticized the demand, but their requests received political support after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The problem is that such encryption backdoors are user-neutral, i.e. they cannot distinguish between the FBI agent and the hacker. This is why weakening encryption protocols for surveillance can instead jeopardize cybersecurity.

This open letter was released in a dozen countries, where changes to their laws have been passed or are being considered that pave the way to deeper digital surveillance. For example, a highly controversial surveillance document, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, passed in December after advocates included it within a must-pass spending bill.

The letter explains that encryption and anonymity provide the privacy and security necessary to ensure the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Since governments all over the world were united in threatening encryption, a global response was similarly warranted. Access Now claims it needs to start shining light on the ways the human rights are being threatened in the digital age.

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Date:  Saturday, January 16th, 2016

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2016-01-17 00:51:45)
trialNerror avatarIt is IMPOSSIBLE to make something "only the government" can access especially when it comes to consumer electronics. That backdoor will be open to all hackers. JFC. Old people in political power have zero clue about technology. Maybe we should get a bunch of high school honor society students in the oval office. They'll probably make better decisions than these dusty farts.

posted by (2016-01-17 07:45:21)
Boghound avatar@trialNerror
Age has nothing to do with the new or updated communication laws that are being enacted across the world or the understanding of technology. You have been watching too many films or TV shows if you believe that.Governments have been looking for excuses to enforce surveillance methods and because of increased terrorist attacks, have been handed the excuse on a plate.

Perhaps if you had studied more you would have come to realise that politicians have only one agenda and that's self preservation. So anything that increases the amount of votes they receive is a good thing, in their eyes, so beefing up communication bills is a sure fired winner.

posted by Turtle (2016-01-18 10:12:06)
ReservoirDogs avatarOpen Source encryption is the solution

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