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UK Government Will Not Pursue an Encryption Ban

UK Government Will Not Pursue an Encryption Ban

by Jonas BorchgrevinkJuly 15, 2015

david cameron encryptionIn an unexpected turn, the UK government has decided to not push for an encryption ban as the British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier promoted for in the UK Parliament. The information has been verified by a Number 10 representative.

David Cameron can not be comfortable with the decision as he has previously said:

“… 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.”

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed with Obama’s sentiment toward anti-encryption, promising to pass harsh legislation against it if he was re-elected. On ITV News, Cameron said the following:

I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremis, with a warrant signed by the home secretary, to be exempt from being listened to. That is my very clear view and if I am prime minister after the next election I will make sure we legislate accordingly.

As Business Insider writes, tech experts conclude that there is no way to implement a so-called backdoor into all encrypted products and services without endangering users and removing privacy protections. Do we want a future where the government can track everything you do? Your whereabouts and communication with friends? Another function encryption has is to secure online payment transactions. If a ban on encryption had seen the light of day, unprecedented events would have taken place.

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In early July, a group of computer scientists and security experts published a paper condemning any effort to weaken encryption. The Number 10 representative claims that:

The Prime Minister did not suggest encryption should be banned. We accept and completely recognize the importance of encryption.

The representative continued saying that terrorists cannot have a safe space in which to operate online, which raises the question of how they want to achieve it.

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  • Flash Reiker

    Governments aren’t interested in so-called “terrorist” communication. They want to know what you and I are saying. To the UK and US governments We The People are the terrorists.

    • They want both. There are great people in every government who care deeply for the people of their countries. These people are in the minority of course because to become a politician it usually takes a real son of a bitch or a yes man or someone completely willing to accept bribes.

      But I do agree that MOST of the spying and information gathering is aimed at controlling the populace and keeping them from revolting.

      The squire runs in and reports to the queen:
      “Your majesty the peasants are revolting!”

      The queen responds:
      “Well of course they are and they smell bad too!”

      My apologies to Angela Merkel for such a bad joke.
      : )