How would you feel if you left your house knowing that someone else had a key?
The same weakness that would allow law enforcement to access encrypted data can also be used by anyone else. Therefore, adding these backdoors doesn’t strengthen our national security, it weakens it.
Thankfully, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a vocal privacy advocate, has threatened to filibuster any attempt to weaken encryption in the US. In the UK, the Investigatory Powers Bill only requires companies to decrypt communications when they have applied the encryption themselves, and only when it is practicable for them to do so. It seems that End-to-End encryption is safe, for now.
In the words of Udo Helmbrecht, director of the EU cyber security agency ENISA, privacy is a fundamental human right, and giving access to a citizen’s secure data would violate their privacy rights.
US senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a vocal privacy advocate, threatened to filibuster any attempt by his colleagues to legislate that US technology companies be able to break their own encryption. Speaking at RightsCon, a privacy-focused technology conference in San Francisco put on by AccessNow, Wyden warned the audience that he would “use my power as a United States senator” to block any bill “that would threaten to weaken strong encryption.