No back doors. Encrypt everything.
If that’s the view of my Silicon Valley business; if that’s what I deem as the best way to protect my customers privacy, and thereby keep the customer satisfied, does that make me an anarchist? A supporter of organized crime? Or anti-American?
Or let’s say I’m doing business in China, and I want to do business in China, but now the Chinese government wants access to my code, back doors, encryption keys. And for the sake of my customers, and my own integrity, and to protect my business “secrets”, I say, “No.” Does it mean my company is a monopoly? Does it mean I am anti-Communist? Or anti-Chinese?
Folks, this is getting crazy. Take a step back. From the perspective of national interests the NSA of the USA is supposed to have access to all my private information, conversations, and data? Just in case I might be a criminal or terrorist? And basically, China wants control of the Internet, access to data, pretty much the same thing, “justified” by what the USA and NSA have already done? This is so obviously nuts! Do I really have to explain this?
The NSA and all the many other governement agencies that are on the cyber-security gravy train, funded by our tax dollars, billions of our tax dollars, should get off their asses and help us protect our data. From everyone. Including themselves. Not just lock down the banks, and utilities, and insurance companies, and major corporations. Make sure that individuals have control of their own privacy. No backdoors for anybody. Then law enforcement and homeland security would have to do their investigative work the old-fashioned, pre-Bush Era way, by sticking to Constitutional restraints and using good detective work and communication.
Because if Apple and Google and other companies are encrypting our data so well that even they (much less the FBI) can’t read it without our consent or cooperation, then they’re protecting our privacy, and their business interests, and by extension, our national interests—better than our own government.
Zero Day that.