According to a Reuters report, Britain’s Interior Minister Amber Rudd, said “It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide. We need to make sure organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other. We need to make sure our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp”.
I get that 21st century law enforcement is hard. I spend a lot of time speaking with security experts and people who are involved in law enforcement and the widespread use of encryption does it difficult to gather intelligence and conduct surveillance.
But we all deserve the ability to communicate privately.
Businesses rely on encryption through VPNs, on file stores, for messaging and many other applications. It’s hard to see how a ban or limitation on encryption will do anything but strengthen the position of criminals.
They’ll simply create their own encrypted tools. Cybercrime is already a $3T industry that’s tipped to double by 2021 according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures so it’s not like they can’t afford it!
I don’t know what the answer is but prohibitions and bans don’t work.