Re: Pervasive encryption: Pro and contra

* Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
>In message <>, Bjoer
>n Hoehrmann writes:
>>I understood the comment as saying that the point does not belong on
>>a "pro and contra" list, which seems fair enough in this instance. 
>Why is having your protocol banned in USA or China not a "con" ?

If "pervasive encryption" was outlawed and lawmakers asked me to explain
the pros and the cons of it, I would not list the legal status as a con,
I would consider that besides the point. Talking to others I would note
it's not a legal option. I think it's fair to say

    - Not an option.

would be a bit strange, all the more so if it was

    - Could become not a legal option.

as that is true for everything.

I also think the argument is flawed. Consider two scenarios:

  A: We encrypt only the most sensitive top 1% communications.
  B: We encrypt everything except the most sensitive top 1%.

In which scenario is encryption more likely to be outlawed? I believe
people would find it strange if pervasiveness was the deciding factor.
It seems more likely that governments would attack elsewhere, such as
mandating digital repression mechanisms on licensed devices.
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