The tipping point for secure encrypted communications?

Like many companies in the past couple of weeks, Apple has issued a statement that they do not provide direct access to your data to the NSA:

In the wake of the PRISM scandal, Apple has issued a public statement detailing the extent of US government data requests. In the statement, it repeats that it does not provide any agency with direct access to its servers, noting that all requests for customer data need to be backed by a court order.

They also note that, as previously reported, they can’t decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data because of end-to-end encryption. So anyone using those technologies is currently safe from NSA snooping.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the PRISM story provided the tipping point for mass adoption of secure end-to-end encrypted communications, making it impossible for the NSA to listen in to any conversations?

Would the U.S. then consider passing a law making it illegal to use such encrypted communications, which would have the effect of intentionally obliterating the Fourth Amendment – for U.S. citizens only – but still allowing anyone else to communicate securely? Though at this point is seems that the Fourth Amendment is no longer respected by the government anyway.

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