Simon Says wrote on Jul 8, 2020, 09:14:
I've known that for years. But these new measures seem to imply that you'll be banned from using ALL end to end encryption, including ANY VPNs, no matter where they're based.
That's not how I read it. I read it as it could
require US based tech companies to weaken encryption all in the name of "think of the children". However, the US has no jurisdiction over companies not based in the US and those without offices in the US. There is no language that I have read that explicitly, or implies, that individuals
not acting as a corporate entity (i.e. DBAs, LLCs, etc) will be prevented from using encryption, VPNs, or other obfuscating technology.
Moreover, this will swiftly turn in to a rather sad, pathetic version of Whack A Mole. Ban VPNs? Fine, we'll move to distributed, asynchronous mesh networks that only use 4096 bit stateless hashes that change every X number of seconds as both data identifiers and point of origin identifiers. We now move data through every single node on that mesh network. Guess everyone is now going to jail because a 16 year old girl sent a picture of her tits to her 16 year old boyfriend.
That's just one example and there are dozens more models where this can be sidestepped or completely avoided on a global level.
Also, politicians tend to change their tune really damn fast when money starts becoming involved and their wealthy tech donors suddenly start shifting their donations to other candidates who won't support such nonsense.
In the end, I see this as the US government puffing up its chest and being a blowhard.
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