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  1. Another flawed survey! The issue is not a simple “should law enforcement be able to access citizen online communication?” The real issue, as stated by the FBI to Congress this week, is whether citizens should have access to security so strong nothing at all can break it. This is what the FBI have said they want to prevent. It is also something the US Defence Department say they want to happen because they say it is essential for national security. It is true that such technology would hamper law enforcement, sometimes. It is also true such technology would offer many benefits to citizens, companies, and governments, always. If the question is put to people in this way, their response is very different. There is no power we can give to law enforcement here which will not also be available to criminals. It is therefore a matter of balancing harms and benefits, and that’s not so simple.

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