Under President Barack Obama’s administration, Anurag Lal served as director of the National Broadband Action Group. He currently serves as the CEO of, NetSfere, a company that provides secure messaging for Bitcoin Code businesses. Lal believes that some bills such as the EARN IT Act and the Legal Access to Encrypted Data Act essentially require the prohibition of end-to-end encryption and would do more harm than good.
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Anti-encryption laws are bad for the economy and security
Many critics of such legislation say it would be bad for both the US economy and make the country less secure, a sentiment with which Lal fully agrees. He claimed:
„This would put American companies at a disadvantage and could even force them to move abroad and go to a geographic location that doesn’t have these draconian requirements. <…> And it also opens the platform to be hacked by people who want to take advantage of that platform.“
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Companies like Faceobook should be more responsible
At the same time, Lal suggests that companies like Facebook should be more responsible for the information they disseminate. In his view, the lack of legal accountability on the part of these platforms discourages them from investing in technology that could be used to monitor harmful activities without the need for a back door.
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Speaking about Facebook, Lal pointed out the company that has a variety of platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Since some of these do not guarantee end-to-end encryption, the company may develop an algorithm based on artificial intelligence to signal illicit activity:
„They do not promise encryption on Facebook. And I could see them proposing an AI-based algorithm that would cross-reference users who are multi-platform based on certain profiles and activity levels that would potentially flag them.
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The upcoming elections in November may influence the chances of passing these bills. Lal noted that the EARN IT Act enjoys bipartisan support and no discernible change in position with respect to the Obama and Trump administrations.