Attempting to stifle encryption is a waste of time, suggests Status security chief

Attempting to stifle encryption is a waste of time, suggests Status security chief


Corey Petty, a chief security officer at Status messenger, told Cointelegraph that he believes there is no way to marry end-to-end encryption with the type of backdoor access law enforcement agencies continue to lobby for. He also believes that any prohibitive or restrictive measures will be fruitless as encryption is an abundant and readily available resource, unlike nuclear power:

“If you take nuclear control across the globe as an example here, and how successful that’s been in terms of keeping us from destroying ourselves, we were able to do that because developing nuclear weapons is very difficult and is reliant upon advanced chemistry using limited, scarce resources on the globe. You can control that type of thing.”

He acknowledged that governments could perhaps enforce their desired policies against a centralized company within a specific jurisdiction, but stated:

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“It still isn’t going to stop the people who are motivated to do bad things from creating their own

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