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 mechanisms..do you agree? How do you see this playing out? Discuss in the comments below.