10.01.10 EFF: “government-mandated back doors” in communications systems would be a “recipe for disaster.”
A digital rights group expressed concern on Monday over reports that the Obama administration is drawing up legislation to make it easier for US intelligence services to eavesdrop on the Internet.
The New York Times reported Monday that the White House intends to submit a bill to Congress next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically capable of complying with a wiretap order.
The Times said it would require encrypted email transmitters like BlackBerry, social networks like Facebook and services like Skype to provide the capability to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
Seth Schoen, staff technologist at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said requiring “government-mandated back doors” in communications systems would be a “recipe for disaster.”
“Throughout the 1990s, EFF and others fought the ‘crypto wars’ to ensure that the public would have the right to strong encryption tools that protect our privacy and security — with no back doors and no intentional weaknesses,” Schoen said in a blog post.
“We fought in court and in Congress to protect privacy rights and challenge restrictions on encryption, and to make sure the public could use encryption to protect itself,” he said.
“For a decade, the government backed off of attempts to force encryption developers to weaken their products and include back doors, and the crypto wars seemed to have been won,” Schoen said.
“Now the government is again proposing to do so, following in the footsteps of regimes like the United Arab Emirates that have recently said some privacy tools are too secure and must be kept out of civilian hands,” he said.
“Intentionally weakening security and including back doors is a recipe for disaster,” Schoen said. “‘Lawful intercept’ systems built under current laws have already been abused for unlawful spying by governments and criminals.
“Trying to force technology developers to include back doors is a recipe for disaster for our already-fragile online security and privacy,” Schoen said.
“It takes a page from the world’s most repressive regimes’ Internet-control playbook. This is exactly the wrong message for the US government to be sending to the rest of the world,” he said.
The Times said federal law enforcement and national security officials are seeking the new regulations because extremists and criminals are increasingly communicating online rather than using phones.
“We’re talking about lawfully authorized intercepts,” Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel Valerie Caproni told the newspaper.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite
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