Web host hits out at US data Bill plans

Irish Daily Mirror - - TODAY S TV -

BLACKNIGHT, Ire­land’s largest web host and do­main reg­is­trar, has joined the Global En­cryp­tion Coali­tion and signed an open let­ter with over 90 other in­ter­net or­gan­i­sa­tions and cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­perts ob­ject­ing to the Law­ful Ac­cess to En­crypted Data Act.

This US Bill is de­signed to weaken and un­der­mine end-to-end user en­cryp­tion, thus vi­o­lat­ing the pri­vacy and se­cu­rity of mil­lions of in­ter­net users.

Blacknight chief Michele Ney­lon said: “En­cryp­tion helps make the in­ter­net a more se­cure place.

“With­out strong en­cryp­tion, in­ter­net users will be placed in greater dan­ger from bad ac­tors. En­cryp­tion pro­tects all in­ter­net users.

“This Bill will com­pletely destroy en­cryp­tion as we know it. It paints en­cryp­tion as some­thing that is danger­ous and fa­cil­i­tates crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity when, in fact, bil­lions of con­sumers rely on it to be safe on the in­ter­net.”

The Law­ful Ac­cess to En­crypted Data Act will give the US govern­ment and its law en­force­ment agen­cies the abil­ity to de­mand ac­cess into any soft­ware or ser­vice that uses en­cryp­tion. This ac­cess makes end-to-end user en­cryp­tion point­less and abuses user’s rights to pri­vacy on the in­ter­net.

My Ney­lon said: “If some­one has the keys to your house, even if they’re law en­force­ment, your house is ef­fec­tively no longer locked.

“Giv­ing any cor­po­ra­tion or gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion the keys to en­crypted data is a fun­da­men­tal vi­o­la­tion of free­dom and pri­vacy that, as Euro­peans, we cher­ish.”

LET­TER Michele Ney­lon

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