Tech Experts Warn Against Law Enforcement Backdoors
According to a group of cryptographers and computer scientists internet systems must be redesigned to ensure government access to encrypted information are unworkable.
The group of industry experts rejects proposals that data storage and communication systems must be designed for exceptional access by law enforcement agencies in a report titled “Keys Under Doormats”.
The report said the proposals “raise enormous legal and ethical questions, and would undo progress on security at a time when internet vulnerabilities are causing extreme economic harm”.
On both sides of the Atlantic, law enforcement agencies and politicians argue that the growing use of encryption will neutralise investigative capabilities.
The report comes as the UK government drafts the Investigatory Powers Bill legislation, which is aimed at making all communications data more accessible to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement agencies in the UK have voiced support in recent months for legislation, as it will make it easier for them to access digital communication channels.
The group warn the proposals will open doors to allow criminals and malicious nation states to attack those that law enforcement seek to defend.
The report said: “The costs would be substantial, the damage to innovation severe, and the consequences to economic growth difficult to predict”