We see everyday the argument of security versus privacy, and the F.B.I’s lawsuit against Apple brought the debate to the foreground again. The leaked NSA documents released by Edward Snowden opened up an almost unprecedented conversation in regards to our nations security, and what is acceptable to keep us safe.
There are countless people and organisations that are pushing for the increase in encryption capabilities, and on the flip side, countless people and organizations that are pushing to limit the encryption capabilities, if not eliminate it.
Recently WhatsApp announced that their communications are going to be encrypted from end to end, much to the dismay of the various alphabet soup agencies here in the United States. Google has been pushing for years for websites to move to SSL.
Encryption, at best, only really helps to protect against those that don’t have the tools, resources or knowledge available to break into a particular system.
The F.B.I managed to get in to the iPhone, without Apple’s help. An exploit was found, rendering the encryption of the phone, and its encryption mechanism useless. There in lies the rub. No matter how strong the encryption is, the system in which it is applied to needs to be secured as well. This is why encryption will ultimately be a secondary issue. Eventually, the people will demand a more secure system, as opposed to an implementation of encryption.