“Enter Bruce Schneier. The crypto expert and best-selling author has spent the last few months bolstering an economic case for why the U.S. should reject any proposed mandates for ‘backdoored’ encryption,” Robert Hackett reports for Fortune. “In fact, Schneier counts 546 reasons.”
“The U.S. is not the only place in the world that creates encryption products. If the nation were to strong-arm companies headquartered on its turf into weakening their encryption standards or building in access points for the benefit of cops and Feds, business would suffer,” Hackett reports. “Consumers—not to mention the worst criminals—could simply flock to whichever overseas service offers better privacy and protection.”
“Oh, and companies could relocate too,” Hackett reports. “In 2014, for example, the communications firm Silent Circle moved to Switzerland, citing the country’s historical neutrality in its decision. Imagine if Apple, one of the world’s most valuable companies and an outspoken critic of encryption ‘backdoors,’ chose to uproot itself?”
MacDailyNews Take: Big empty spaceship in Cupertino. But, Apple has enough money to build 43 more spaceship campuses. Switzerland is a beautiful country. There are many beautiful countries. Countries that not only understand encryption, but also corporate taxation issues. We’re sure any one of these countries would love the massive amount of clean, high-paying jobs (read: taxable personal income) that Apple would deliver.
“546? That’s the number of encryption products developed abroad. Although Schneier cautions that the data set is not comprehensive, he says he believes it is a good representation of the present global market,” Hackett reports. “Two-thirds of encrypted products, by his team’s count, originate outside the U.S.; each can be viewed as a possible alternative, thus a threat, to American industry.”
“Germany, which claims the number two spot, has already firmly staked out a position opposing encryption ‘backdoors,'” Hackett reports. “The Netherlands, tied for ninth, recently did the same. Either could become attractive alternatives for consumers if the U.S. were to make ‘backdoors’ compulsory.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The idea of encryption “backdoors” should be opposed because it’s a stupid, unworkable fantasy promoted by idiots who don’t understand basic math and who have never read Orwell, much less the U.S. Constitution. But, if economic threats are what it takes to wise them up, so be it.
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