it goes a bit further than that, it's also a potential safety hazard. There was a video/article a few years ago from... I want to say Top Gear, or Car and Driver, or some such. Where a hacker gained full control over a Jeep Grand Cherokee (IIRC) while the reporter was "driving" it. I am talking Heating/AC, Windshield wipers, Blinkers, brakes and acceleration, the full 9 yards.
Now I don't think the manufacturers want to be on the receiving end of a hundred or so lawsuits because they want to "protect the coding in their products" however flawed they are.
"The details of the case were pretty horrifying, involving claims of Medicare fraud, along with multiple claims that Austin hit his patients when they would complain loudly (apparently after the anesthesia did not work properly). "
so he practices law like he practiced dentistry, good to know.
There is a fundamental base problem that absolutely no one is talking about when the backdoor discussion comes up. It is one of trust. The citizens shouldn't trust the govt, and for good reason. But... alternatively, the Govt doesn't trust the citizens either.
First the Govt side, they don't trust us is apparent with San Bernadino, Charleston, etc. They cannot trust us to not do something terrible.
Alternatively, We are stating that backdoors Cannot work because of two reasons, 1) some teenage highschool hacker can (and will) find it and use it, which will lead to more of the former statement. But more importantly, and less discussed, is 2) How can we trust our Govt to be "The Good Guys"? As evident with the LOVEINT debacle. And *ANY* calls for transparency will be met with deaf ears, when FOIA's will be 10 years late, and 90% redacted.
The reason I say this is that they fail to see WHY Netflix is so popular as opposed to their own services, sure $60-$200/month for a limited selection is a big part, but it's that limited selection IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY that is also at least an equal part.
An example (as an American) is if I want to watch some Icelandic comedy, say Næturvaktin, I HAVE to pirate or stream it from a non-official source as it is STILL in production, 9 YEARS after it was first made. I can only guess that it's worse in other "non-rich countries" (read as: Not America)
"It’s bad enough the FCC keeps moving the goal posts on their definition of broadband"
Just like the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, keeps moving the goal posts on vehicle regulations. I mean, TECHNICALLY a Ford Model T *IS* an automobile, but would you, could you use it for everyday commute to work?
"apparently so they can continue to justify intervening in obviously competitive markets"
James Comey wants to undermine encryption to "fight terrorism". My question should be, by enforcing said backdoors, can he be liable for aiding and abetting criminal activities and sympathetic actions to terrorists?