"However, Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of Stanford Law’s surveillance and cybersecurity program, said she doesn’t think it would be as simple as rolling back encryption.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the same as waving a magic wand and having everything go back to the way it was five years ago,” she said.
In addition to extensive reengineering, the costs and logistics of fielding a flood of law enforcement requests could have economic effects, she said.
“The fact that there are tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies around the world—there are 18,000 in the United States alone—trying to scale that up means that only existing, entrenched incumbents will be able to comply with the compliance structure,” she said. “Some handset manufacturer in Taiwan is not necessarily going to be able to scale up to that.”"