Could encryption actually get banned? If David Cameron has his way then yes. You see the prime minister this week has pledged to allow security services full access to all of our data in the name of national security. His thinking goes along the lines of if the security services can read any, and all, data then terrorists can’t send encrypted messages to one another without getting spotted. This means apps like WhatsApp, which is used millions across the world, would immediately have to change the way they work.
Just a couple of problems here though.
1. For this to work there would have to be “back doors” into every piece of software so that security services can read the data. It would only be a matter of time before hackers discover these and start using them for their own benefits.
2. More and more people and businesses are storing data online using encrypted services. If you take away all the encryption the data (personal and business) would be exposed. Imagine trying to bank online without encryption? Not going to happen.
3. How would you actually enforce this? To be covered by any new UK legislation you would need service providers to actually setup their business headquarters in the UK. The only way around this is for an EU or world agreement on encryption. This again is not going to happen.
I do agree with David Cameron that something needs to happen to help the security services protect people but banning encryption is not the answer.
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