Don’t be fooled by recent proposals — anyone who understands how technology works knows that “back doors” aren’t the answer. This month marked yet another shot across the bow from U.S. Department of Justice officials targeting strong encryption. At the International Conference on Cyber Security, FBI Director Christopher Wray described the inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices as an “urgent public safety issue.” This follows Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s recent proposal for so-called “responsible encryption.” Don’t be fooled — no matter what wording the DOJ conjures up to try and sell the idea, it’s a back door.

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