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The Risks of “Responsible Encryption”

Authors: Pfefferkorn, Riana

Published: February 2018

Tags: 2010s Exceptional Access Government Access Law Enforcement Responsible Encryption Stanford CIS

Abstract: Federal law enforcement officials in the United States have recently renewed their periodic demands for legislation to regulate encryption. While they offer few technical specifics, their general proposal—that vendors must retain the ability to decrypt for law enforcement the devices they manufacture or communications their services transmit—presents intractable problems that would-be regulators must not ignore.