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Amber Rudd Claims ‘Real People’ Do Not Want Secure Communications

Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Amber Rudd has said “real people” do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

The Home Secretary will warn internet giants today that terrorists are misusing their platforms when she visits Silicon Valley.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Rudd said: “Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family?

“So this is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so called ‘back doors’.

“Companies are constantly making trade-offs between security and ‘usability’, and it is here where our experts believe opportunities may lie.

“Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.”

Renate Samson Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said Rudd’s comments were “at best naïve, at worst dangerous”.

“Suggesting that people don’t really want security from their online services is frankly insulting, what of those in society who are in dangerous or vulnerable situations, let alone those of us who simply want to protect our communications from breach, hack or cybercrime,” she said.

“Once again the Government are attempting to undermine the security of all in response to the actions of a few.  We are all digital citizens, we all deserve security in the digital space.”

And right there, people, is why I could never be Chief Exec of Big Brother Watch. I could not possible be that kind in my response.

Let me just say this:

Well informed people choose encrypted messaging services. Uninformed people need encrypted messaging services.

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