The IEEE this week issued a position statement in support of strong encryption and in opposition to government efforts to require backdoors.
"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," the organization's statement reads.
Backdoors and key escrow apporaches would open the door for vulnerabilities and other negative impacts on encryption, according to the IEEE. Law enforcement has other options besides backdoors, including legal action, forensic analysis, and requiring suspects to hand over keys and passwords, it said.
Read the full statement here.