The Paris terror attacks have reignited the debate around privacy and security, with a number of prominent U.S. officials, including CIA Director John Brennan and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, blaming encrypted technology and recent curbs on intelligence-gathering for empowering the terrorists.
And while it is unclear what role, if any, encrypted communication played in the attacks, there are already voices in and out of government demanding law enforcement be given access to electronic communication.
But the tech industry — which has led the charge in favor of private, encrypted communications — so far isn't budging.
"I view encryption like many view the 2nd amendment," said Mark Cuban in a post on his Cyber Dust messaging app — a service that deletes user's messages 24 seconds after they are read. "Encryption is a fundamental underpinning of the freedom of speech."
In Europe, the U.K. is considering the Investigatory Powers Bill, also known as the Snoopers charter, which would force tech companies to help provide unencrypted communications to police or spy agencies, fueling fears that companies could be forced to terminate end-to-end encryption.