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The Encryption Debate is Really About How Best to Spy on You

• http://www.counterpunch.org, by ALFREDO LOPEZ

It pits government spies against corporate cannibals and is about the often misunderstood and somewhat tedious issue of encryption.

Like so many "raging debates" among the powerful, this one is more important to most of us not for what is being said but what is assumed.

To believe the corporate PR releases (and some media reports), the two sides are debating the balance between protecting our rights and protecting our lives. In fact, the debate is more about how to effectively manage spying: the government says it wants companies to give it the codes to crack all encryption while the companies are devising ways to make sure the government has a court order, or inter-agency collaboration, before doing that.

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