A new report says giving the governments “exceptional access” to encrypted communications would jeopardize confidential data and critical infrastructure.
From the report: "Handing governments a key to encrypted communications would also require an extraordinary degree of trust. With government agency breaches now the norm — most recently at the United States Office of Personnel Management, the State Department and the White House — the security specialists said authorities cannot be trusted to keep such keys safe from hackers and criminals. They added that if the United States and Britain mandated backdoor keys to communications, it would spur China and other governments in foreign markets to do the same."
"Such access will open doors through which criminals and malicious nation-states can attack the very individuals law enforcement seeks to defend,” the report said. “The costs would be substantial, the damage to innovation severe, and the consequences to economic growth hard to predict. The costs to the developed countries’ soft power and to our moral authority would also be considerable"
It seems, the NSA finally realized that secure encryption could/will jeopardize the data collection program. I wrote this little naive post in 2013 http://dumbthatway.blogspot.de/2013/11/making-world-safer-place.html
based on simple mathematical considerations about encryption and the stability of large systems. Now I think we must ask: Which crisis and political damage in the past decade could have been prevented by a more secure communication technology?
A quote more or less from Max Planck: Before we apply, we should understand!
........intelligence agency leaders argue that surveillance is necessary to monitor kidnappers, terrorists and other adversaries. But surveillance is obviously also about industrial espionage and the monitoring of political leaders in foreign countries, like Germany, France and many more. The recent Wikileaks publication http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/08/world/europe/ap-eu-germany-nsa-surveillance.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share
of some top secret reports is almost like a proof for the analysis from security specialists.
I personally think that we must have rules for the Internet, like we have rules for road traffic. These rules must ensure that the Internet will not be misused by criminals and terrorist, which obviously drive on our roads.