David Cameron On A Mission to Destroy ‘Strong Cryptography’
British Prime Minister David Cameron believes that strong cryptography is a major barrier to peace, order, and justice, as reports Politics.co.uk.
Lawful citizens, really, have no need of strong (read: backdoor-free) cryptography, goes the logic behind his position. He believes that the government should be guaranteed a way into any device being communicated with and insists that this does not inherently break the very purpose of cryptography.
In an exchange with British representative Henry Bellingham, Cameron said:
Britain is not a state that is trying to search through everybody’s emails and invade their privacy. We just want to ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate. That is the challenge, and it is a challenge that will come in front of the House. […] We have always been able, on the authority of the home secretary, to sign a warrant and intercept a phone call, a mobile phone call or other media communications, but the question we must ask ourselves is whether, as technology develops, we are content to leave a safe space—a new means of communication—for terrorists to communicate with each other. My answer is no […]
In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook said of privacy:
None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.
The new investigatory powers bill is essentially a sequel to the “snooper’s charter,” which would make it mandatory that all technology companies doing business in the UK give backdoor access to any of its products, most likely without ever informing their customers.
Bigger companies with deep pockets may challenge the law before leaving, as Google tried to work in China. Smaller companies, though, will have to leave before the law even hits the books. In fact, Ind.ie, a social media start-up, is already doing as much.
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