Tuesday, December 1, 2020

11 December 2020: Roundtable discussion on "Backdoors to encryption: A viable policy solution?"

There have been a number of recent proposals that seek to place obligations on intermediaries to provide “technical assistance” to LEAs, by either creating backdoors or weakening standards of encryption. However, implementing a general mandate for “technical assistance” can have costs in terms of its effects on civil liberties, network security and on the digital ecosystem more generally. Our paper “Backdoors to encryption: Analysing an intermediary’s duty to provide technical assistance”, examines this debate with a view to understanding the competing interests involved and recommending a way forward.

In this context, the discussion will bring together various stakeholders from the government, technology companies, and civil society to discuss the development of Indian policy pertaining to encryption. What steps can the government of India take to ensure that security, privacy and other interests are given due regard in law and policy?

Organised by
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

Date: December 11, 2020
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Please register for the event here.

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