What Are the Consequences of Backdoors for Online Privacy?

Center for Data Innovation

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time Zone: 
Virtual Event

Law enforcement agencies are concerned about Apple’s new end-to-end encryption protections for iCloud, arguing more warrant-proof encryption compromises their ability to protect the global public. When talking to The Washington Post, an FBI spokesperson even called for “lawful access by design” to effectively put a backdoor in otherwise secure products and services. The FBI isn’t alone in wanting encryption weakened, as proposals like the EU’s draft CSAM law and the UK’s Online Safety Bill also threaten end-to-end encrypted services. Encryption advocates argue these proposals are ripe for abuse and would harm online privacy and security.

Join the Center for Data Innovation to discuss the potential benefits and costs of end-to-end encryption and what law enforcement access to user data could look like in the future.

Date and Time:

  • April 6, 2023, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST)


  • Patrick Eddington, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Gabriel Kaptchuk, Research Professor in Computer Science and Research Development Fellow, Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing
  • Jumana Musa, 4th Amendment Center Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • James Watson, Partner, Ice Miller
  • Kir Nuthi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation (moderator)

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