Status messenger chief security officer argued that restrictions on data encryption are “fruitless”
End-to-end encryption technology has been a bone of contention between law enforcement agencies and tech companies since its widespread use emerged in recent years. While law enforcement agencies argue that data encryption techniques deter investigations and restrict the ability of tech companies to report criminal activities, proponents of the technology have made privacy arguments.
Corey Petty, a chief security officer at Status messenger joined the debate in an interview with Coin Telegraph and explained that there is no way for end-to-end encryption to co-exist with the kind of backdoor access that law enforcement agencies lobby for. He added that restrictive measures towards data encryption will be fruitless as encryption, unlike nuclear power, is a readily available resource.
“If you take nuclear control across the globe as an example here, and how successful that’s been in terms of keeping us from destroying ourselves, we were able to do that because developing nuclear weapons is very difficult and is reliant upon advanced chemistry using limited, scarce resources on the globe. You can control that type of thing,” he explained.
The security officer acknowledged that governments could try to enforce restrictive regulations on encryption against a centralized company within a specific jurisdiction. However, such measures cannot prevent bad actors from creating their own means based on open source standard technology, he added.
The United States Department of Justice recently released a statement explaining how data encryption has a major impact on “investigating serious crimes” and “protecting national security.” The statement further pointed out that encryption technology compromises the ability of tech companies to identify and report child sexual exploitation and abuse, violent crime, and terrorist propaganda.
Petty explained that Status has been making attempts to organise itself in a way that is resilient to government pressure. The eventual goal is to continue the project’s development without the need for a core team.
While decentralized projects remain vulnerable to corporate restrictions, Petty said that the project is “actively looking into alternative means of distribution for software.” He further disclosed that Status is also working on its own app store and is hoping to have a proof-of-concept for the project available by the end of the year
“We’ll have a POC, probably by the end of the year for rudimentary app distribution for a few of our services, like the desktop and the Android mobile app that will lay the groundwork for a larger app store distribution for Status and potentially other larger distributed applications that like to go on our platform,” he concluded.