Rather going against the flow of securing and notifying user’s about their data is the US government’s renewed push
to require manufacturers to give a backdoor into their devices to allow access to individual’s data.
So far their tact is very different to before, there are no lawsuits (yet) or demands.
Instead they have found sympathetic ears in industry including Ray Ozzie, a former chief software architect at Microsoft; Stefan Savage, a computer science professor at the University of California, San Diego; and Ernie Brickell, a former chief security officer at Intel. These industry leaders suggest the right approach is to work with law enforcement to find a solution rather than just saying no – it is hard to argue with that reasoning.
They are also using precedent. Manufacturers (e.g. Apple) already hold and encrypted keys that are used to authorise updates to our mobile phones and the suggestion is that extending this approach would allow law enforcement access to the devices.
This will require more frequent access and therefore expose keys to a broader group increasing the chances of a leak.
The prize of an individual’s data is also different to being able to update a mobile phone and would be desired by a much broader group of people.
Countering this desire, is also the desire not to undermine American industry - if devices are known to have a back door in them, other devices that do not become much more desirable so for this to succeed, global adoption would be necessary.
This could create two internets though. One which is monitored and another which is not.