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Should All Locks Have Keys?

You protect your physical world with locks -on your car, your home, and your workplace. But the digital world is different. There’s a lot to think about here.

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In the physical world, there are workarounds for emergencies. My husband once broke in a door to rescue a resident who’d had a stroke. Police with warrants can demand keys or break physical locks. And of course, burglars will get into locked places if it’s worth the risk to them. But how would one get around a digital lock in an emergency? And then there’s the big question of who gets to decide what an “emergency” is, because a loose definition would threaten normal privacy. CGP Grey lays out the conundrum that those who use the digital world and government authorities are wrestling with now. Oh yeah, there’s a footnote video, too. -via reddit


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