Why security back-doors for governments are a bad idea

Bruce Schneier has written yet another spectacularly lucid piece on why the the FBI shouldn’t be able to force technology vendors in the USA to add back-doors to their products.

The current proposal which is probably going to get the backing of the Obama administration, will levy fines of $25,000 per day on technology vendors that don’t add back-doors to their systems to allow government monitoring.

Schneier argues that history has shown that those back-doors are inevitably used by criminals and foreign governments with ill intent and leave people, the vast majority of whom aren’t criminals, less secure and less free.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Why security back-doors for governments are a bad idea

  1. This commenter nails it: “BHO is but a marionette, with the strings being pulled by Jarrett, Axelrod, and McDonough… always has been. Left to himself, he would crumble to the floor in a useless heap of rags and tangles. His awareness of such is a significant contributor (if not the foundation) to his feelings of inadequacy, all displayed through his absurd ego and arrogance.” http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/11/06/the-fixer-continues-the-threats-white-house-demands-insurance-companies-explain-why-they-are-sending-cancellation-letters/

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