Increased Surveillance: Breeding Ground for Innovation

Newsweek tells us that the U.K. Is asking for more surveillance assistance.  They want to peer into user data and to force vendors to provide backdoor access for law enforcement. What these people don’t get, or don’t care about, is that an open door for one group, regardless of how secure, can become an open door for someone else. It is basically leaving a weak spot intentionally. It can be secured, or hidden, but it is still a potential access point for a hacker. Why would I want to buy a product that is broken and could allow someone to see my personal data?

While I think this is stupid and increased invasion of privacy, I also have to admit that decisions and thought processes like this are what bring us projects like PGP/GPG and other encryption mechanisms for our mail and web traffic. While I disagree with this overreach by governments, the truth is that it will force innovation and we will see the introduction of better encryption levels and you agree?  How do you see this playing out?  Discuss in the comments below. 


Author: Phil

Phil Williams is an engineer with around 20 years of information technology industry experience with past focus areas in security, performance, and compliance monitoring and reporting. Phil is a husband, father of 6 children, and an avid geek who loves building computers, gaming, and gadgets. He has an undergraduate degree in general IT sciences and has worked with the US Government as a contractor for over 20 years. He is now in a security solutions advisory role for a large vendor supporting commercial and enterprise customers.

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