American Tech Industry Urges European To Protect Encryption
The stage that has come to the fore in recent months in the American tech world has put encryption front and center as being the story of the year. In the United States of America the F.B.I demands that companies such as Apple help them de-crypt and unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, which has spurned a national conversation. After the hysteria that has erupted in the European theater most notably the attacks on Paris and more recently Brussels Europe is pushing for harsher and harsher surveillance and access to individuals computers. The Attacks in Paris as we remember were back in November which today seems like a life time ago, but now many of the fears citizens had about where they are today has largely come true. This week will go down in history as one that will ultimately set the president for intelligence services power to access personal data. This is a debate that does not show any end in sight.
The battle has set European fears about their maybe being further attacks against the concerns held mainly be Apple and the American tech industry like Google and Facebook that weaken encryption technologies to allow the so called “back door” into the good people digital information. This is bad because their is the potential for misuse by European law officials and more importantly agencies of nations that are not allied, or that the very lease are not so friendly to the political interests of the European union.
There are already talks of pushing forth Amendments to French law which is itself a kind of response to the attacks in November, and what many believe is that this response is fundamentally knee jerk. But the obvious response would be “When we’re able to recover a cellphone, but authorities have no way of accessing its data, it obviously cripples the work of our surveillance agencies,” said Philippe Goujon, a French politician behind the recent encryption proposals.
Then you consider the position held by Tim Cook chief executive of Apple, who has met a string of European politicians including that of the French prime minister, Manuel Valls as well as England’s home secretary Theresa May in recent months to make a push back against the touch posturing in recent moths and their aversion to it.
The basic problem with this entire debate which no one usually acknowledges who is in a panic over national security can follow the line of reasoning that “A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys, the bad guys would find it too.” Encryption ins’t there merely to ensure liberty, it is there to ensure national security and does so much more effectively than if it were open in some sense. “if these encryption plans go through, then who’s to stop France or other countries asking for the same thing?” Said Ross Anderson, a professor of security engineering at the University of Cambridge who focuses on the point that criticized the American and British Government plan to weaken encryption.