Surveillance and Encryption

In January of this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron let it be known that he intended to dumb down encryption so that law enforcement could monitor all of the information streaming across the country. A direct attempt to capitalize on the Paris attacks.

Today news about a police chief with Europol was advocating against encryption as it gives criminals a leg up. With the increase in data breaches it is no small wonder that some politicians have begun to start pressuring for increased surveillance.

There is a need for law enforcement to have mechanisms in place to combat crime, it’s called laws. The problem here is that law enforcement and government have found that there are easier ways to get the information they want/need. The trust has been broken between law enforcement and the general public and future surveillance programs need to re-establish themselves with a thin veneer of legitimacy.

(Via Forbes)

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