In two short paragraphs, the editorial gets right to the heart of the problem. The “cost” to having these backdoors is undeniably huge in terms of trust and privacy. The harm to individuals and businesses is tremendous, but the benefits are, at best, minor. We get vague discussions about stopping some terrorist attacks, but still others get through. Yet, in every day life there are risks. It’s ridiculous to expect 100% perfection in stopping terrorists, and when we go way too far in trying to stop every attack, we lead to unintended consequences such as destroying privacy and harming the ability of companies to build better, more secure products.Surprisingly, again, the NY Times then speaks out in support of a bill from Rep. Rush Holt that would make it illegal for the government to require backdoors in various products. This would be a huge step in enabling the US tech industry to move forward with more secure encryption.
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