Why Weakening Encryption for Law Enforcement Access is a Bad Idea

May 2, 2020
Hosted by Rebecca Herold

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Efforts are increasing in the US & worldwide to force tech companies to build encryption that would “allow only law enforcement and government” groups to get into encrypted files & communications. The claims are that this is necessary to fight online crimes such as human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. We definitely need to address these horrible crimes. However, are these commands from governments & law enforcement groups technically feasible? Why aren’t these groups including technology experts in their forums discussing these needs? What other methods of catching such criminals are available? What would be the impact to everyone if they were forced to use such weakened encryption tools? Would the criminals even use such weakened encryption? Will 5G have any impacts on strong encryption? Listen in as Dr. Eugene Spafford discusses the issues that lawmakers, law enforcement, and the general public need to understand about how encryption works & important considerations.

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Rebecca Herold

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca has over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience, is CEO of The Privacy Professor(r) consultancy she founded in 2004. Rebecca has authored 19 books, contributed to several dozen other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for seven years, was a co-founder and officer of the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and is on numerous advisory boards. Rebecca was an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for nine years. Rebecca has received numerous awards for her work, and has provided keynotes on five continents to date. Rebecca is frequently interviewed, including regularly on the KCWI-TV (Des Moines) morning television show, serves on Advisory and Directors boards, provides expert witness services, and is quoted in diverse broadcasts and publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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