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Republican presidential candidate argues for crypto backdoors

Posted by malcolm on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 12:32

Jeb Bush, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, has come out as an opponent of strong encryption.

In a speech in South Carolina, Bush said that encryption was creating “a very dangerous kind of situation”.

If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job—while protecting civil liberties—to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst.

He concluded by calling for “a new arrangement with Silicon Valley”.

When challenged to respond to the argument that it isn’t possible to create backdoors for government agencies without also making communications more vulnerable to criminal hackers, the presidential candidate was vague, saying only:

Good point, except we ought to have much more cooperation when it comes to cybersecurity.

For more information, see: Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Encryption - The Intercept

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