This is perhaps a subject for a separate thread, but given that this thread spurred the subject, I’ll just respond here and try to keeps things nice and neat.
I think it is easy from a technical understanding on implementing encryption why having a backdoor would be stupid, and something you’d never want.
However, in countries where innocence is assumed until proven guilty, the burden of building evidence is GREATLY hampered, particularly when it comes to digital crimes, by encryption. I’m sure there is a scenario all of his can envision where we would want to be able to break encryption. (Imagine a terrorist plot, millions of lives in danger, etc.)
I know that all of us have a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to law enforcement and judiciary wings of government. However, in systems where these entities can be trusted and the population rely on them for safeguarding and maintaining law and order, do we not want them to be able to do their job?
I know it is a double edge sword. On one hand good people wouldn’t abuse the power, and on the other bad people will. But what is better?
Is being able to communicate privately always above the law and civic responsibility?