Encryption is not the enemy

The fearmongering after last week's attacks in Paris does nothing to improve security and helps the terrorists' cause

Encryption is not the enemy

The terrorist attacks in Paris last week left people angry and fearful. But rather than listen to the age-old advice to never make decisions when you're mad, too many American politicians and security officials have rushed to propose measures that further erode individual freedoms and, yes, security.

In place of reasoned proposals that might actually improve security, knee-jerk reactions have centered on two areas: increasing government surveillance powers and banning encryption because terrorists use it to communicate.

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