US-British Plan to Access Online Encryption Could Destroy the Internet

Granting the United States and Great Britain access to encrypted communications would compromise the security of the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure, an elite group of security technologists concluded.
The group is made up of 14 of the world’s pre-eminent cryptographers and computer scientists from universities such as Columbia, Harvard and MIT, as well as companies like Microsoft and Google.

In their new paper, the group said giving the government “exceptional access” to encrypted communications was technically unfeasible and would leave data and infrastructure like banks and the power grid at risk, the New York Times reported.