cross-posted from: https://lemmygrad.ml/post/31093
I’d like to hear what people here think about China’s state surveillance practices, as well as their presumably planned backdoor mandates for encryption with there recent law*. Since almost all the leftists in Western capitalist countries are very big on the use of e2ee and highly against Western state surveillance, what do you think of China doing this and if it differs from your opinions on Western nations doing the same thing, why?
*Sources on Chinese encryption laws, they were the ones with least Western bias as I could find: 1, 2, 3 (actual encryption law text in Chinese), 4 (English summary of encryption law), 5. Basically, as far as I can tell, China requires/plans to require any commercial encryption tech to be approved by the government before it can be be made available, which most people have taken to mean backdoors will be mandated. Whether this will also prevent open source non-backdoored encryption like GPG from being accessible in China is still unclear.
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