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Backdoor Laws Can't Contain Global Encryption, Says New Report

  • Russell Brandom
  • The Verge
  • February 11, 2016

In recent months, the FBI has been pushing for stronger US restrictions on encryption—but a new report from Harvard’s Berkman Center suggests such laws reach only a small portion of the relevant products. Taking a census of 865 different encryption products from around the world, the report finds that roughly two-thirds are produced and distributed overseas, outside the jurisdiction of US law. Germany was the biggest source of non-US crypto, with 112 separate products either for sale or available free. Just over a third of the foreign products make their code available as open source…

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