Originally Posted by alkemical
nah, you just put requirements into manufacturers for backdoors to be built in.
(that's what my point is, this is happening - and it's broad spectrum. Phone collection data, and internet data is proof that it's not selective.)
Nah. Security researchers would've found widespread backdoors installed like that within months, if not weeks. Never mind the sheer number of people, even people outside the US Government's control who'd have to be both complicit in it and silent about it.
I'm not saying the government has never done it in targeted situations. But doing it on a widespread basis would never work. And would be ridiculously inefficient compared to the means already at their disposal.