An article within "Information Management
" identified a government thrust against encryption.
There is a movement underway
to legislate a right to a government to have access to all security keys (on demand) and algorithms.
The security branches want the right to snoop, to monitor, and to even modify messages.
As I see it, if the government has the rights to the encryption algorithms and host keys, then it will not at all be long before the hackers get the same.
The reason I think it is dangerous for governments to get those items is, , as I see it, that within a very short time, the system that the government uses will be centralized. It will also be compromised and the major interbank inter-governement communications will be in peril. Foreign governments will be able to do hacking.
Currently governments, banks and other financial institutions use encrypted traffic. Banks have a code book, and for a given day, the day's keys are retrieved. The text within the message is check summed, and compared against a codebook representing the sending organization.
Americans have the right to privacy. Does it extend to your messaging, and that includes your financial (bank, insurance, credit card, stuff, purchases, etc). We Canadians do not, as far as I know, have that constitutional right to privacy. We do have legal rights to privacy that a judge can overrule.
I am wondering how it will turn out. Status-quo, or new rules?