Rage against the encryption – law enforcement reaction to cryptography proliferation

While development of TrueCrypt has ended in rather mysterious and abrupt manner, during its lifetime program became much more than just another encryption utility. The reason for its popularity and status could summarised in one word: unbreakable. While TrueCrypt was just a method of applying AES, it became synonymous with the encryption that protects you from police raiding your hard drives. Indeed it was impossible to find more polished, user-friendly and available full disc encryption solution.  Furthermore encryption solution crawled out of hard drives and in newest development Google and Apple declared that companies will not decrypt devices even at government’s request. Law enforcement, as it could be expected, declared such attitude will make it impossible to solve certain cases and compared encryption to ‘house or safe that cannot be searched’. Unfortunately officials failed to provide precise examples and argumentation of cost/benefit analysis regarding evidence collection and right to privacy, instead using common ‘think of the children’ emotional appeal  and absurd hyperboles such as ‘Apple will become the phone of choice for the pedophile’ . What is even more interesting while FBI officials were opposed to the idea, ACLU said that it is a move in right direction and will greatly increase personal privacy. What about internet browsing? Mozilla hinted at default integration of Tor into Firefox, certainly bold move that, depending on relay and exit nodes support, could be a gamechanger for both Tor and internet anonymity.

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