Canada’s shift on strong encryption is ‘irresponsible’ says privacy group

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A Canadian privacy watchdog this week said the federal government is wrong to change its policy by now urging technology companies to weaken encryption protection in products and services.

The move will put people and their data in danger, Citizen Lab said in a report issued Wednesday.

“In advancing an irresponsible encryption policy that would deny individuals and businesses access to strong encryption, [Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety] and the Government of Canada have failed to publicly acknowledge and present the range of serious harms that would follow should companies voluntarily, or under compulsion, adopt the government’s current policy,” indicated the report.

In fact it goes further, complaining the government offers “one-sided anecdotal and emotionally-driven arguments that encryption is increasing risks to public safety.”

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