What do governments' abilities to access user data through backdoors and the future of encryption mean for software security/data privacy?
"Encryption technologies are the proverbial double-edged sword. If you ask anyone on the street whether they want their data to be secure from prying eyes, they'll likely answer in the affirmative. If you then ask them how that's accomplished, many will most likely say something along the lines of 'encrypt it'.
This connection is partly a function of how the internet evolved. Early on, there was no encryption for websites. No lock icon and no green address bar. Once the public realized their credit card information used for online purchases was being sent in plain text, businesses were pushed towards encrypting their transactions. Businesses seeking to prove that they were doing the right thing would have FAQ pages outlining the value of HTTPS. This process has been so successful that it's rare to encounter any website that doesn't encrypt its traffic..."
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