On 24 June, the IEEE Board of Directors adopted a position statement in support of strong encryption for confidentiality and data integrity. The essence of the position is that:
“IEEE supports the use of unfettered strong encryption to protect confidentiality and integrity of data and communications. We oppose efforts by governments to restrict the use of strong encryption and/or to mandate exceptional access mechanisms such as “backdoors” or “key escrow schemes” in order to facilitate government access to encrypted data. Governments have legitimate law enforcement and national security interests. IEEE believes that mandating the intentional creation of backdoors or escrow schemes — no matter how well intentioned — does not serve those interests well and will lead to the creation of vulnerabilities that would result in unforeseen effects as well as some predictable negative consequences.”
You can access the full position statement at: In Support of Strong Encryption
An associated press release is available on PRNewswire.