White House seeks Silicon Valley help on strong yet breakable encryption

Joseph Menn reports:

The Obama administration hopes Silicon Valley technologists can think of a system with strong encryption that could be pierced legally by one party without opening the door to others, a White House official said on Tuesday.

White House cybersecurity policy coordinator Michael Daniel said at the annual RSA Conference on security that he is trying to set starting principles for a broad public discussion on the issue, which has been a major source of tension with technology companies and other cyber experts.

Yeah, you’ll sometimes encounter unexpected pushback when you keep asking for the impossible. Ask for a unicorn instead, maybe?

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