Why won’t they leave us alone

A bunch of countries that should know better got together to discuss back-doors in digital devices. And this is a nice sentiment:

“Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute,” the statement reads. “It is an established principle that appropriate government authorities should be able to seek access to otherwise private information when a court or independent authority has authorized such access based on established legal standards. The same principles have long permitted government authorities to search homes, vehicles, and personal effects with valid legal authority.”

If it weren’t for the War on Drugs for eroding the 4th amendment to a shell of it’s former self over the last 40 years,  I might not be so skeptical of their good intentions.

And of course it’s for the children, because every rights grab is:

…the governmental group discuss the need for online spaces to be safe, and are “gravely concerned” about illegal online content, “particularly the online sexual exploitation of children.”

Also, I suspect black-hats of being far more capable of exploiting back-doors than white-hats are of securing them.


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