Sean Stephane Martin exactly, that’s why we need strong cryptography. The message I’m sending you on WhatsApp is not ‘out there’. The tech we are using doesn’t come with an acknowledgement that everything is public, that’s why cryptography appeared in the first place. There’s a big difference between acknowledging that my information is out there and accepting it’s public. I’m giving my information out there with the desire that only those it’s meant to can access it.

Sure, in practice it means that whenever something leaves my devices (and sometimes not just then) I’m entrusting some platforms that they will treat it in the manner that I desire according to a specific contract. This is something that I’m accepting (within the expectations set up by whatever ToS may be involved).

But no, I can’t accept that by law that information becomes public, at the mercy of whoever has the computing power to access it. Computing power and algorithms become stronger everyday. Banning strong cryptography which has a hard time keeping up anyway makes my information vulnerable.

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