Encryption May Face Prohibition Due to Human Traffickers Dependence on It in The US

News / 05.02.2020

Recently, there is a rise in women and children trafficking in the United States. However, critical observation of human trafficking is currently ongoing. The US lawmakers, and the Department of Justice under the Attorney General William Barr, are considering the prohibition of cryptography.

Barr is against end-to-end encryption and believes human traffickers highly depend on digital communication and the internet, and these perpetrators should get detected and addressed. Barr also pointed out that digital proof is undergoing encryption and that security features of military grades enable the perpetrators through closed networks.

About the Draft Bill Concerning Encryption Prohibition 

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Barr are planning to deal with encryption through a draft bill. This draft bill is entitled, “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT) Act. The essence of the bill is to stop minors’ distasteful content on social media groups and websites.

The bill, however, requires government officials’ intrusion of people’s privacy. It means that individuals will have no right to privacy when utilizing private messenger apps via Whatsapp and other iOS devices.

Likewise, such privacy intrusions can get used for unethical activities by corrupt people. The prohibition would also affect cryptocurrencies since the value and information exchange on numerous Blockchain networks get based on anonymity and discretion.

The essential notion of cryptocurrencies is to reach decentralization via cryptography and distributed consensus. All the same, the EARN IT bill wants to increase centralized control over personal data and information transfer.

Sudarshan M is a long time crypto-enthusiast. Pulled in by bitcoin early on, it did not take long for Sudarshan to divert all of his academic attention from business studies to blockchain by doing his Masters and eventually pursuing his PhD in the subject.