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USA Government Plan to Scan Every Message Online, end-to-end encryption must be broken


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The fight between the providers of encrypted messaging platforms and lawmakers has entered a serious new phase. And this time around it is looking ever more likely that proponents of end-to-end security, the likes of Facebook and Apple, will lose their campaign to maintain user security as a priority.

The EARN IT bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online. 


NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) believes online services should be made to screen their messages for material that NCMEC considers abusive; use screening technology approved by NCMEC and law enforcement; report what they find in the messages to NCMEC; and be held legally responsible for the content of messages sent by others. 


You can’t have an Internet where messages are screened en masse, and also have end-to-end encryption any more than you can create backdoors that can only be used by the good guys. The two are mutually exclusive. Concepts like “client-side scanning” aren’t a clever route around this; such scanning is just another way to break end-to-end encryption. Either the message remains private to everyone but its recipients, or it’s available to others.

They didn’t put the word



in the bill, they’re going to insist it doesn’t affect encryption.


This bill says nothing about encryption

co-sponsor Sen. Blumenthal said at today’s hearing.


Have you found a word in this bill about encryption?

he asked one witness.


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More reading, from Matthew Green...


Yesterday a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a new bill called the EARN IT act. On its face, the bill seems like a bit of inside baseball having to do with legal liability for information service providers. In reality, it represents a sophisticated and direct governmental attack on the right of Americans to communicate privately.

I can’t stress how dangerous this bill is, though others have tried. In this post I’m going to try to do my best to explain why it scares me.



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