Weakened Encryption Means Anyone Can Break It
In the real world, locks are imperfect. Anyone with skills can pick a lock.
If made right, encryption is a perfect lock. No one can break it without the key.
But if you weaken encryption, then you don’t need the key anymore, and it becomes the same as physical locks; criminals can break it, not just the government.
Notice that Enigma’s flaw, a letter cannot become itself, was minor. Yet it was enough for Alan Turing to break it. Criminals have the same capability now that Alan Turing did then.
But it gets worse.
“Legitimate use” by the government always turns into abuse by either them and/or thieves.
Everyone Has Something to Hide
Like your bank account numbers, credit card numbers, other information that must be confidential from thieves.
Do you see the green padlock to the left of the search bar above? That is there because this webpage uses encryption. Most webpages do.
It may not matter for this page, but when you are using your bank’s website, anyone could see your bank info if that encryption was not there. The same thing goes for shopping and paying with credit cards.
Kids Need Encryption
Imagine a world where there is no encryption. How do you exchange messages with your child without others knowing where they are?
There isn’t any way. In other words, without encryption, your child is less safe.
Removing Encryption Would Make Little Difference to Child Abuse
Interpol investigator Mick Moran said,
Just as 85 per cent of child sexual abuse takes place in the family home or in the family circle, where do you think 85 per cent of our images are coming from? They’re coming from the family home.
So encryption would only help in a max of 15 percent of cases, probably less because there would probably be grooming by other adults in real life.
Encryption Stops Abuse by Companies
Google was fined $170 million for violating children’s privacy on YouTube.
Companies will use the data they have on kids to target them and manipulate them, even damage their mental health.
Kids need privacy from predatory companies too.
Criminals Would Use Encryption Anyway
Criminals are criminals: they will break the law. If they have to break laws against encryption, they will, especially if it keeps them from being caught.
What Can Parents Do?
Be involved in your children’s lives. Know what is going on. Listen to them.
Restrict online activity.
Only allow certain kinds of online activity.
Limit online activity.
Don’t just let your children spend unlimited amounts of time online.
In fact, if possible, don’t let them online at all!
Check for Astroturfing
If an anti-encryption website appears to be grassroots, be sure to check the funding.
For example, Don’t Give Child Sex Abusers a Place to Hide has this note at the bottom:
The campaign is funded by the UK Government.
No Place to Hide for Politicians
Politicians, what do you think you are doing? Do you think the lack of encryption won’t hurt you?
If there is no encryption, then either you will have it and raise suspicion, or people will get a hold of your communications and raise scandals.
Lack of encryption will hurt you too.
Lack of encryption hurts everyone, but it hurts children and law-abiding citizens most.