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Advocates Call for Open Talks, Warn NSA Weakening Cybersecurity

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

October 2, 2013

A group of privacy advocates is warning that attempts by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to weaken encryption for surveillance access will create mistrust in U.S.-based Internet companies around the world, PCWorld reports. Alan Davidson, a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Google public policy director, said for U.S. businesses, it is “terribly debilitating and undermining to have the rest of the world thinking there have been backdoors built into their systems to help the U.S. government.” The developments will also erode trust in the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology because of reports the standards group aided the NSA in tampering with the standards. Meanwhile, six privacy advocacy organizations are calling on the U.S. House of Representatives Privacy Working Group’s leaders to open up its meetings with tech companies to the public.
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