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Obama advisors: Encryption backdoors would hurt cybersecurity, net infrastructure vendors

Tim Greene | Sept. 17, 2015
Leaked National Security Council advisory report weighs pros and cons of laws to make encryption keys available to law enforcement.

Still, the NSC group says if the administration outright opposes backdoor legislation, that could sway security vendors and encourage more cooperation with the government on other fronts. “This approach would remove technology companies’ most consistent grievance with the Administration, which could improve cooperation across a range of important priorities on technology issues including, but not limited to, encryption,” the report says. “It may also foster better cooperation on information that is not encrypted and will not fracture the Internet products and services market which may also preserve better access to unencrypted information, thus aiding public safety/national security.”

 

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