February 19th, 2011
From ARS Technica
I urge countries everywhere to join the United States in our bet that an open Internet will lead to stronger, more prosperous countries”
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The FBI has been pushing for back-doors in encryption and mandated changes in technology so they can more easily implement a “wire tap.”
I own that I am generally a proponent for individual liberty and freedom. So naturally I don’t like the idea of tools that I would use to communicate, especially when I want to do so securely, being crippled. However what really bothers me is from a law enforcement (LE) perspective. My objection to this is that obtaining these “wire-taps” through back-doors and crippling software is flawed at its core.
LE must function in the world of the criminal. There are only two things in this world, what you can do and what you can’t. If you as LE discover that you can’t tap a Skype phone call then you need to figure out how to do that with greater technology on your part and not by legislating that Skype use less of it. If the legislation does go through then you may succeed in making Skype no longer viable for criminal activities, but in this case the crims will find an alternative and more likely than not it will be even harder to tap.
All those in law enforcement need to step up to the plate and confront the world as it is and as it changes. There is no room to cry “No fair!” because it was never fair in the first place. Law enforcement needs to surge forward with greater technological prowess, not hide behind legislation.