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Theresa May wants to ban crypto, and make her sensitive data accessible to everyone

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2017-06-06 03:06:25
...and she doesn't even know it.

After the London terror attacks Theresa May made a wild statement, basically calling for banning cryptography. She said that "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide."

She wants to "regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning."

While many media outlets have taken a soft, pragmatic view of the issue, saying that it makes sense, we need to do more to make it more difficult for terrorists and criminals in general to use the internet and social media for cooperation and planning of attacks, and promoting their vicious platforms, there's a good chance that's not what Theresa May has in mind.

In Theresa's mind, only terrorists are using good crypto. But using good cryptography to protect your data or communications from "curious" eyes isn't being used just by terrorists. That's how everyone are, or at least should be, protecting their sensitive data, be it on their hard drives, phones, or anywhere else. If we choose to make the platforms, service providers, use compromised cryptography, none of your data would be secure any more. An I assume you're not a terrorist, correct?

When FBI asked Apple to unlock a phone of a potential terrorist, they refused. But it's not because they refused due to supporting terrorism, or because of any other stupid reason. They refused, because creating sort of a 'master key' to give access to someone to check the phone and/or account of a few, makes all phones and accounts vulnerable. Having such a backdoor is dangerous.

So when May said that "We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back-doors into their tools for us," she basically says that she wants to ban the entire crypto, and make internet as unsafe as possible for all of us. I trust she's not tech savvy enough to actually understand what she wants, but that only makes it worse. And might suggest that her usual password for anything is still 'password'.




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