NSA Wants ‘Front Door’ Access to Encrypted Data

The head of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, said the intelligence group no longer is interested in backdoor solutions to digital surveillance.

Instead, the NSA wants a “front-door” solution – which some privacy experts think could be even worse.

Rogers suggested a solution in which at least two parties – one of which is the NSA – retain parts of a data encryption key. The solution would require all of the parties to provide their key in order for the NSA to access encrypted communications, as well as prevent the agency from acting unilaterally.

“I don’t want a back door,” Rogers said during a speech at Princeton University. “I want a front door. And I want the front door to have multiple locks. Big locks.”

According to Joel Hrusky at ExtremeTech, “The first problem with Rogers proposed front-door solution is that it’s a meaningless feel-good measure given the current regulatory structure of our national security system.”

Hrusky argues that what is really needed is structural change in the NSA.

“The agency is loath to give up its ability to spy on American citizens, or even make meaningful concessions to it — which means whatever system it ultimately backs will be designed to preserve as much of its current capabilities as it can,” he writes.

Full article: NSA Wants ‘Front Door’ Access to Encrypted Data (Sputnik News)

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