Useful debate on encryption. One point it doesn’t cover is the relatively simple countermeasure of fooling a targeted end user into installing a version of the client (WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram…) that enables surveillance. This already happens (take a look at dodgy VPN clients) so I’m not sure why it’s not part of the debate…:
[…] So why do politicians keep bringing this up? The cheap shot is to say they do it for the easy headlines. But the truth is, the costs of encryption are real — police cannot spot criminals or terrorists plotting — and should be acknowledged. No answer to the encryption debate is without downsides, and we need to remember and admit that.