Cameron’s encryption, huggable toasters (Wired UK)

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David Cameron wants to break encryption

Encryption, the government would have you believe, poses a threat to us all. It creates a “safe place” in which those that would do us harm are able to operate. Earlier this year David Cameron caused alarm when he appeared to suggest the government wanted to ban encryption. “Do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” he asked rhetorically.

This week triumphant media reports declared a u-turn — the prime minister was in favour of encryption after all. That is a gross misrepresentation. As one cryptography expert told me this week, Cameron doesn’t want to ban encryption, he wants to break it.

The government is foolhardy to think it can negotiate encryption backdoors with companies such as Apple or Facebook. As Phil Zimmermann, the man who invented the PGP email standard, said: you can’t have strong encryption when a government uses wiretaps to undermine it.

Cameron’s position on encryption doesn’t add up and it is time he stopped playing politics with our fundamental right to privacy.

James Temperton
Reporter, WIRED.co.uk

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17 July 2015 | 3:43 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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