Encryption – THE Constitutional Issue of Our Day

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I know the majority of folks holding positions in our public legal system and in law enforcement are good people trying to do what’s right… and I badly want to believe Police Departments and District Attorneys will be responsible with their use of – and prevent public access to – seized personal Information… although I can’t help but think of people in authority like (recently voted out of office) Sheriff Arpaio -Maricopa County, AZ with little regard for personal rights and freedoms. Is skepticism healthy?

Legislating Unconstitutional Rights for Search & Seizure and the Elimination of Personal Privacy

Federal and local governments are beginning to introduce legislation to outlaw proprietary encryption. As usual, then only criminals will have proprietary encryption. Hackers for hire will then build private encryption for use by criminals. My guess is someone has already developed an app capable of customizing an algorithm for individual use. These three news releases are examples of this ongoing barrage:

http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/anti-encryption-bill.html

http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/microsoft-gag-orders.html

http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/blackberry-encryption.html

The Future of the U.S. Constitution

I am not sure where all this is heading. Has fighting terrorism become the excuse for relinquishing all personal privacy? I have had this discussion with many friends and associates and several have shot back at me: “What do you have to hide?” Nothing, but doesn’t anyone remember their U.S. history and the principals under which this country was founded? We might as well remove the 4th & 9th Amendments. I don’t know about you, but I am of the Baby-Boomer generation and we were taught at a very early age to understand and appreciate the greatness of the American ideal that founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison put into words so eloquently. Is Mankind always destined to make the same mistakes over and over again? Our country was founded by men of vision with a passion for protecting human rights and justice. Today, it almost feels like sedition to be touting the importance of the U.S. Constitution. I see on the news too much talk of “updating” our Constitution. I don’t know whether to feel outrage, or just pity for future generations…

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This site is maintained by Douglas Levin, PSP, AHC, LEED AP. It is intended to be my personal professional blog. The content reflects my personal opinions and observations regarding the Physical Security Systems industry and Technology Sectors. The opinions expressed herein reflect my personal viewpoint/ideas and do not in any way represent the position of any other person, organization or company.

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About Doug Levin

Doug is a certified (PSP, AHC, LEED AP), experienced business development professional with a focus on the physical security industry. With a diverse background that includes delivering products & services through multiple channels (manufacturing, distribution, specialty & general contracting), he brings a broad industry perspective that adds greater value for his clients. Having decades of experience with sales engineering and design-build of low-voltage automated systems, he also offers a strong emphasis on technical knowledge and consulting services. His career has included responsibility for: profit & loss, operations and sales management with front-line experience in estimating, sales/marketing, project management and developing security design documents & spec writing.
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