Internet Privacy or Protection?

September 18, 2016

Ever since the Paris and San Bernardino incidents, the age-old question has arisen again: privacy or protection?

The NSA has again renewed its battle against encryption and has, yet again, asked tech companies to create backdoors for law enforcement to track and observe possible terrorist agents. Due to recent terrorist activities, presidentiables Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have backed FBI Director James Comey’s insistence on creating backdoors. Comey defends the idea and says these backdoors are needed so tech companies can comply with judicial orders, and not as a way for the FBI to stockpile keys to people’s houses. Instead of encryption being available only to the sophisticated bad guys, it’s now available by default, he added.

The NSA’s battle with encryption has increased post-Snowden. The whistleblower caused an increase in privacy-upholding technologies and increased people’s awareness of violations of their privacy. NSA surveillance claimed to have been used for counter-terrorism, has been hit pretty hard ever since.

Although the NSA and other supporters of surveillance continually use the Paris and San Bernardino incidents as proof that mass surveillance is needed again, tech experts deem this to be a premature move. There was no evidence that the terrorists responsible for these attacks used encryption. In fact, a cellphone owned by the terrorist responsible for the Paris incident was found and showed that he didn’t use encryption in his messages. There was also no evidence that the married couple responsible for the San Bernardino incident communicated digitally.

Tech experts argue that creating backdoors would create more harm than good. A back door that allows law enforcers to read or track people would also mean that there’s a door that hackers can come into — an easier one to break, at that.

As Paul Kocher, a cryptographer and president and chief scientist of the Rambus Cryptography Research Division, said, “We have far more to lose by having our information attacked than gained from weakening everyone’s information security.”

However, the decision still rests with each of us, whether we choose privacy or protection.

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