EFF sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI and other Department of Justice agencies to get some straight answers about approximately 7,800 supposedly un-hackable cellphones.
Law enforcement agencies say they have a problem–criminals all use encrypted devices, making those devices inaccessible to law enforcement. They call this the “Going Dark” problem, saying that modern encryption is so good that all the criminals in the world are “going dark” to government surveillance. To stop this, these agencies are clamoring for laws that would mandate backdoors be placed in encryption algorithms that allow for law enforcement access.
EFF is very concerned about these efforts to introduce backdoors into encryption, because as we’ve said, there’s no such thing as a safe backdoor. Any backdoor in encryption can be just as easily used by bad actors as by law enforcement if it gets leaked, and once a hard-coded backdoor is discovered, it often can’t be closed.
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