A memo prepared for Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien states that it "would be difficult for any one country to weaken or ban encryption technology," the Toronto Star reports. “Encryption tools very much are now ubiquitous, globally distributed and irrevocable, which plainly no piece of domestic regulation or lawmaking will undo, given that two-thirds of encryption products are produced and sold by non-U.S. firms,” the memo states. While some critics argue that the practice protects criminals, a U.S. committee on homeland security report, summarized within the memo, counters that weakened encryption could have adverse effects on public safety. “What we are really dealing with is not so much a question of ‘privacy versus security,’ but a question of ‘security versus security," the report reads.
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