Calls grow for government back doors to encryption

The deadly terror attacks in Paris and Beirut have stirred up political tensions in an unlikely locale: Silicon Valley.

Terrorists may have take advantage of encrypted messaging services to avoid surveillance, reports said, raising the stakes on an already tenuous issue between lawmakers and technologists. Technology companies largely oppose creating government “back doors” in their end-to-end encryption, while regulators and law enforcement have pushed for power to monitor communications systems for potential threats to national security.

Just like 9/11 and whistleblower Edward Snowden shifted the debate over balancing individual liberty versus national security, experts are now wondering if Friday’s attacks will alter the balance again, forcingtech companies to re-examine the widespread attachment to end-to-end message encryption.


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