Our report argues that giving the government special access to data poses major security risks

Many governments have made calls for law-enforcement agencies to be able to access, upon due authorization, encrypted data to help them solve crimes.

But beyond the ethical and political implications of such an approach is a more practical question: If we want to maintain the security of user information, is this sort of access even technically possible? 

We argue that such mechanisms pose far more grave security risks, imperil innovation on which the world’s economies depend, and raise more thorny policy issues than we could have imagined when the Internet was in its infancy.

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