UK Proposes Stripping Privacy Rights


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    WhatsApp must not be 'place for terrorists to hide'
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39396578



  • Another attempt at blindly grabbing data.



  • The other blindly obvious issue here is that access to suspects isn't the only item being discussed here.

    Weakening encryption weakens it for everyone.

    And anyone willing to decrease encryption means that they don't understand the value of secure communications.

    Government agencies aren't the only people entitled to privacy.



  • This is just another atempt to compromise our privacy, if they carry on the UK will end up a nanny state. This is deeply worrying.

    All major ISP's have already been ordered by our government to keep internet history of everyone, a law passed without the consulting of the people.

    Don't they understand that invading privacy is not going to stop terrorism, this subject winds me up because it's always these politicians suggesting these ideas without any technical knowledge.

    Eventually they will implement control of how we use the internet, implement blocks to social media during voting of governments, may seem extreme but this happens in China and Turkey.



  • Do the purposely make these headlines double entendres?



  • @StuartJordan said in UK Proposes Stripping Privacy Rights:

    This is just another atempt to compromise our privacy, if they carry on the UK will end up a nanny state.

    It's so much worse than that. If they require backdoors in systems, then there might as well be no encryption at all. Let's assume that the backdoor is nothing more than one additional key that can decrypt anything on a given system. Who will maintain that key? Uncle SAM? The GCHQ? Hardly - these places are super leaky. The keys wouldn't remain secret very long and once out the system is completely useless for secure communications.

    Online purchases and banking would basically have to stop because the potential for the bad guys getting their hands on the keys would be entire to high.



  • @Dashrender said in UK Proposes Stripping Privacy Rights:

    @StuartJordan said in UK Proposes Stripping Privacy Rights:

    This is just another atempt to compromise our privacy, if they carry on the UK will end up a nanny state.

    It's so much worse than that. If they require backdoors in systems, then there might as well be no encryption at all. Let's assume that the backdoor is nothing more than one additional key that can decrypt anything on a given system. Who will maintain that key? Uncle SAM? The GCHQ? Hardly - these places are super leaky. The keys wouldn't remain secret very long and once out the system is completely useless for secure communications.

    Online purchases and banking would basically have to stop because the potential for the bad guys getting their hands on the keys would be entire to high.

    We need look no further than Microsoft and the UEFI leak. Exactly the same thing.



  • @stacksofplates You mean this one.... that happened less than a year ago....

    People's memories are short, how can they remember so far back?



  • @DustinB3403 said in UK Proposes Stripping Privacy Rights:

    @stacksofplates You mean this one.... that happened less than a year ago....

    People's memories are short, how can they remember so far back?

    Yup that one. And the whole Lenovo "rootkit" was because they have a way to allow manufacturers to bypass it, which in my mind is another example.


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