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91% of Americans concerned with backdoor access for government

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Staff writer ▼ | September 11, 2015
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Privacy   Data through a "backdoor" could be abused by hackers

Vormetric announced in conjunction with Wakefield, the results of its survey on how Americans view "backdoor" access by government entities to the encrypted data of private businesses.

Respondents were in favor of back door access in response to a national security threat.
Ninety-one percent of Americans recognized that there were risks to encryption backdoors, but also felt that it is justified in some circumstances. Encryption is one of the most effective ways to achieve data security – especially when combined with access controls and data access monitoring.

According to the survey respondents: data accessed through a "backdoor" could be abused by hackers (69%); data accessed through a "backdoor" could be abused by government entities (62%); and U.S. businesses could lose their competitive advantage (34%).

In certain circumstances Americans are in favor of "backdoor" access. This may be due to the strong "pro backdoor" language coming from the White House and senior federal law enforcement officials.

Respondents were in favor of back door access: in response to a national security threat (63%); as part of a federal investigation (39%); and as part of a state or local investigation (29%)


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