Surveillance makes our communication networks less secure, and helps totalitarian states

An infrastructure conducive to surveillance and control invites surveillance and control, both by the people you expect and by the people you don’t… Whether the eavesdroppers are the good guys or the bad guys, these systems put us all at greater risk. Communications systems that have no inherent eavesdropping capabilities are more secure than systems with those capabilities built in. And it’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state. – Bruce Schneier

Western countries have passed laws that demand that communication networks have eavesdropping capabilities built in to them, and such capabilities inherently make those networks less secure, thus enabling the attacks on Google and others by China.

In essence our surveillance laws help totalitarian states like China… and they don’t make us any safer, in fact they can make less safe.

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