reply to post by Hessdalen
Just as a point of interest, there was much talk of "back dooring" encryption countless times over the years. In fact, as I used to develop using a
particular cryptographic (at the time) activex object, then the wrapper for .NET...there was talk from the developer that he was going to be forced to
change his activex to support law enforcements requirement to provide such back doors.
While, the FBI's, CIA's, (likely also) the BND's official stance is that they have not forced these policies on anyone, do we honestly believe they
aren't "backdoor" policies themselves and already being done?
I personally believe they don't NEED to find a way to decrypt communications, I believe it has been being done all along and they need a way to come
clean about it.....the article you linked is a great first way to come clean.
Just as an example of some backpedaling by the US Administration....here is a snip of an article from 2010 on CNET:
The Obama administration will seek a new federal law forcing Internet e-mail, instant-messaging, and other communication providers offering
encryption to build in backdoors for law enforcement surveillance, The New York Times reported today. Communication providers, apparently including
companies that offer voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, would be compelled to reconfigure their systems so that police could be guaranteed
access to descrambled information. Encryption image It could become illegal for a company to offer completely secure encrypted
communications--through a protocol such as ZRTP, for instance--if its customers held the keys and the provider did not. Valerie Caproni, the FBI's
general counsel, stressed to the Times that agents would still need a court order to force providers to unlock encrypted data. "We're talking about
lawfully authorized intercepts," Caproni said. "We're not talking expanding authority. We're talking about preserving our ability to execute our
existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security."
The above found here Report: Feds to push for Net encryption backdoors
And here, the (retraction?)
The FBI said today that it's not calling for restrictions on encryption without back doors for law enforcement. FBI general counsel Valerie
Caproni told a congressional committee that the bureau's push for expanded Internet wiretapping authority doesn't mean giving law enforcement a
master key to encrypted communications, an apparent retreat from her position last fall. "No one's suggesting that Congress should re-enter the
encryption battles of the late 1990s," Caproni said. There's no need to "talk about encryption keys, escrowed keys, and the like--that's not what
this is all about." Instead, she said, discussions should focus on requiring that communication providers and Web sites have legally mandated
procedures to divulge unencrypted data in their possession.
Link for above FBI: We're not demanding encryption back doors
So, *I* think, they do for sure....but hey, that's just me.