A COALITION of technology companies has reared up in the face of pressure to weaken encryption, and said no thank you.
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) includes BlackBerry, a company that may or may not barricade backdoors, and a lot of other firms that you might have heard of, including AOL, Akamai, Dell, Facebook, HTC, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
The group has issued a statement resisting calls to weaken encryption security tools. The announcement is nicely timed because BlackBerry was flirting yesterday with governments over backdoor access.
There is no flirting from the ITIC, just a swift statement and a steady stance. "Encryption is a security tool we rely on every day to stop criminals draining our bank accounts, to shield our cars and airplanes from being taken over by malicious hackers, and to otherwise preserve our security and safety," said ITIC president and CEO Dean Garfield.
"We deeply appreciate law enforcement's and the national security community's work to protect us, but weakening encryption or creating backdoors to encrypted devices and data for use by the good guys would actually create vulnerabilities to be exploited by the bad guys.
"This would almost certainly cause serious physical and financial harm across our society and our economy. Weakening security with the aim of advancing security simply does not make sense."
We have come to expect this line from the big players, and have already seen Dell CEO Michael Dell and Apple come out blazing in opposition to wafer thin security.
BlackBerry chief operating officer Marty Beard didn't quite add his company's full weight to the anti-encryption campaign, but did manage to muddy the waters concerning BlackBerry's approach to privacy.
He claimed that BlackBerry does not share the same views as its peers, which are "all about encryption all the way". This might make for an awkward ITIC Christmas party. µ
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