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Daily Dashboard | Cerf: Encryption Backdoors Are a Bad Idea Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Dec. 4, 2020


Internet pioneer Vint Cerf has said more users should encrypt their data and that the encryption backdoors the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are using will weaken online security, IDG News Service reports. During a speech in Washington, DC, Cerf said because of the Internet’s myriad security challenges, more users and Internet service providers need to adopt measures like encryption, two-factor authentication and HTTP over SSL. He added that calls by law enforcement for technology vendors to build encryption workarounds into their products is a bad idea, the report states. “If you have a back door, somebody will find it,” he said, “and that somebody may be a bad guy.”
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