The battle for encryption rages on. The debate between the FBI and Apple Inc. has forced encryption matter to the front of the line. Now more than ever, people are paying attention to encryption, even if they know nothing more than encryption is a way to protect your data. Many other countries are starting to approach the encryption barrier before it becomes a problem for them. India has announced that it has developed a mobile forensics tool that can handle smartphone, even the iPhone (Kochar, 2016). India has accepted that encryption may become a problem to law enforcement and create issues with them properly conducting their duties.

There is another protest that is against the banning of encryption for reasons of discrimination. Anti-encryption measures are a violation of our first and fourth amendment rights (Renderos & Putterman, 2016). Already, communities of color, or non-American, are experiencing a rise in illegal surveillance, boarder control, and illegal policing (Renderos & Putterman, 2016). What I don’t agree with this article about (“To the next POTUS: For communities of color, encryption is a civil right”) is that is encryption is weakened or that state or the Federal Government decides to change the way that encryption is allow, all Americans: black, white, hispanic, muslim, etc.. will suffer equally. To say that communities of color will feel the effects greater, is false. Yes without the encryption to protect those within the community, surveillance measures will be more successful, but technology and data do not have a race. Everyone will be equally likely to have data compromised. Also, just as with any other laws that are passed to reduce any aspect, the criminals will prevail while the law-abiding citizens give into the law and become victims of these same laws.

Encryption is not a topic that should be decided on using it or not, or even the topic of reducing the effectiveness of it. The government needs to come up with a way to combat it the same way they have developed methods to deal with other situations. If the government is going to reduce encryption standards, they should also mandate that everyone leave a spare key to their house with the local police in the event they need or want to get into your house (same for vehicles). Sometimes it makes me wonder if the government really protects its’ citizens, or do whatever they see fit to complete its’ own objectives.


Kochar, R. (2016, May 7). A Tool For Mobile Forensics Has Been Developed To Handle Encryption, Including iPhone, says Ravi Shankar Prasad. Retrieved May 8, 2016, from
Renderos, S., & Putterman, M. T. (2016, March 7). To the next POTUS: For communities of color, encryption is a civil right. Retrieved from