LONDON: Amber Rudd And UK Security Services Signal Further Privacy Encroachment : 21ST CENTURY WIRE

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said today on The Andrew Marr Show that technology companies should no longer be able to provide encrypted messaging services that cannot be accessed in emergencies by the security services.

It has emerged that police are investigated reports that the attacker, Khalid Masood, has used the messaging service WhatsApp before launching his attack on Wednesday this week. Rudd commented that it’s ‘completely unacceptable‘ that the police and security services were shut out from messages of this kind. Rudd also refused to rule out passing new legislation to tackle encrypted messaging and the posting of extremist material online. The Home Secretary also said she would be holding talks with firms this week “to ask them to work with us.

Has any of this come as a surprise to privacy advocates and public alike since the events of 22/3 began to unfold.

Anyone with minimal hindsight could see this coming very quickly. Apparently it’s ‘legit’ for GCHQ and affiliates to break into Gemalto and steal master keys for every SIM card out there, but ‘end to end’ encryption and what privacy we have is ‘unacceptable’ to Ms. Rudd, in case of ’emergencies’.

More on this report from The Guardian…
Andrew Sparrow
The Guardian

Technology companies should no longer be able to provide encrypted messaging services that cannot be accessed in emergencies by the security services, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said on Sunday.

Speaking after it emerged that the police were investigating reports that Khalid Masood had used the encrypted WhatsApp service just before he launched the attack in Westminister, in which he killed four people, Rudd said it was “completely unacceptable” that the police and security services were shut out from messages of this kind.

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5 Comments

  1. “She stressed that she did not want the security services to be able to access all encrypted messages. She was just talking about “carefully thought-through, legally covered arrangements”, she said.”

    Translated “Everyones encrypted messages except MP’s…”

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  2. They can already bypass pretty much all encryption the only problem they have is a legal acceptance for the day to day use of it. They also use the threat as a means of control forcing people away from anything that may be considered anti establishment.

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