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Radio News: France, now, wants to stop encyrption

Aug 14, 2016 7:00 am
Techdirt reports that French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced Aug. 11 a "global initiative" to "fight" messaging encryption. Ahead of an Aug. 23 meeting with German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere, the French want to limit terrorists use of messaging encryption, but that means limiting everyone's access to secure messages. Techdirt does not believe that is a smart plan. "First of all, encryption is still difficult to use and easy to mess up. In fact, most reports suggest that ISIS is pretty bad about its opsec when it comes to encryption. And, even if they are successfully using encryption, they still leave plenty of other breadcrumbs for law enforcement and the intelligence community to track," the website says. France has been hit with several terrorism-related crimes recently, and wants to do something.
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