Link Roundup: Crypto Wars Reloaded
In September, Apple and Google both announced that they were going to ship their new devices with encryption turned on by default.
This has caused some concern in the Law Enforcement community. James Comey, current Director of the FBI, went on 60 Minutes to urge manufacturers to reconsider. He believes that if the good guys don't have a 'golden key' to everyone's mobile device, the bad guys can 'go dark' and gain an advantage will lead to terror, child abduction and ‘threatens to take us all to a very, very dark place’.
There are a lot of problems with this logic. For example:
Evildoers always have the option of ‘going dark’, regardless of how much privacy we give up.
The 'golden key' isn't the only way for LE to get the data they want.
Most importantly, it's not possible to create a back door that can be entered only by the pure of heart. If the righteous can squeeze in today, the sketchy will, inevitably, squeeze in tomorrow. Later today, most likely.
Schneier on Security: