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Be Careful What You Wish For: Device Hacking and the Law

I’ve been thinking about lawful device hacking of late—that is, government hacking of devices as a way around the “going dark” problem. Many civil libertarians and cryptographers seem actively to prefer government hacking of devices to the alternative of any kind of extraordinary access regime in which service providers would, by one means or another, maintain the capacity to decrypt the signals they carry.

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