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British Home Secretary wants to spy your chats

Amber Rudd

The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has stated that she believes that end to end encryption, particularly for messaging services such as Whatsapp, should be accessible by authorities.

These comments were made shortly in the aftermath of the terror attack in London when an individual drove along the Westminster Bridge killing three people and injuring dozens before crashing the car and getting out to stab a policeman. The assailant was then shot dead.

Amber Rudd said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show:

“We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”

Amber Rudd

Before adding “These people have families, have children as well,”… “They should be on our side, and I’m going to try to win that argument.

Amber Rudd indicated in the interview that she was meeting with big technology companies on the 30th of March. Amber Rudd mentioned she would like to be able to get these powers for the government without having to resort to legislation but if she doesn’t get her way will not give up.

In regards to the current situation to digital privacy in the UK, there has already been hugely invasive policies brought forward and enacted. Such as the Snoopers Charter, where a number of organisations are legally allowed to look at browsing history of any citizen.

This looks to be a continuation of these invasive policies, once again, piggybacking off of a terror attack. The current information is that this attacker worked alone and Amber Rudd’s justification for wanting access to encrypted communications is that the attacker used Whatsapp before the attack.

There is no proof that the assailant used Whatsapp as a way of coordinating the attack; the current evidence shows that the attacker worked alone.

Nowadays digital privacy is not a thing in the UK and I highly recommend that anyone living there use a VPN service, it is the only way to ensure privacy from a country that is hell bent on revoking any sort of seclusion.

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