Security agencies like the NSA are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
We want their protection but we don't want to give them the tools and access they need to protect us. Abuse is obviously a big concern here and if the movies can be believed, we have good reason to be worried.
This debate is going to rage on until there is more convergence between cybercrime and cyber terrorism. We are already seeing cyber terrorists leveraging the web more than ever before.
Once we start seeing remotely controlled loss of life, public opinion will no doubt swing to wanting to give the security agencies the tools and access they need.
We want security and we want privacy. Are these two needs mutually exclusive?
Distrust of the US National Security Agency has caused experts from allied nations to reject its proposals for new cryptography standards. A "track record of subverting the standardisation process" has led to the intelligence agency losing much of the respect it once held, according to Dr Steven J Murdoch, a security researcher at University College London. Emails and interviews with experts from Germany, Japan and Israel revealed widespread concern that the agency was proposing new encryption techniques which it knew how to break, Reuters reported.