Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek were quoted in Legaltech News in an article entitled, “Mueller Report Keeps the Backdoor Encryption Debate Spinning” by Frank Ready.
Excerpt: John Simek, vice president at cyber forensics and information security company Sensei Enterprises, sees the ongoing debate as cyclical, something that will enter the spotlight and then fade back out again with the turning of the news cycle.
“It’s ongoing. I don’t know that it’s ever died nor do I think it ever will die. And anyone that’s in the security realm will tell you that it’s a bad idea, but if you’re a government employee, you’re under the significant misperception that it’s a good idea,” Simek said.
The very nature of communications like ephemeral messaging are part of what keep the conversation spinning like a hamster on a wheel. Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises, said that people in the middle of divorces are often willing to pay big bucks in the hopes of reconstituting evidence of an affair. But chances are slim.
“To be a good vendor, you have to tell them it’s a much longer shot with the ephemeral products,” she said.
To be sure, there’s no shortage of cheap and available ephemeral communications devices on the market. Last month, for instance, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg indicated that ephemeral messaging could play a big role in the future of the platform.
Nelson thinks combating elicit activity conducted over ephemeral messaging will take a strong legal deterrent. “I think that is where they have to go. When this stuff carries jail time it’s serious.”
But it seems unlikely that the law will head too far in that direction any time soon, especially as the focus on privacy continues to sharpen within the United States.