prohibiting encryption is like telling people they can’t lock their front doors

You don’t often write a post in the title of the post.

But I think I have this time.

As ever the incorrigible writer, though, I do have to add a couple more observations.

How would we react if our government said keys were to be banned and window-locks outlawed?  How would we feel if we had to park our cars and leave the doors wide open?  What would we think about briefcases we were forced to leave on train seats, with their contents accessible by anyone watching … all whilst we spent a terrified penny or two?

And just imagine what it would be like to live in a world where the only mechanism which they eventually allowed you, in order that you might keep people out of places you wanted to maintain private, was your thumbprint?

And that this thumbprinted safe place for everything private was permanently connected to an Internet they could easily hack?

And that this easily hackable device was your smartphone … say?





Not such a smartphone after all, eh?

So that, dear readers, is precisely what Cameron is suggesting.  An open invitation to the burgling of your homes; to the mugging of your streets; to the nicking of all kinds of long-established rights.

Amazing, isn’t it?  Amazing how it’s once more the Conservatives who wantonly fail to conserve what we all thought was ours to keep.

And you know what else is amazing?  I bet there won’t be too many of this breed of politicians who’ll be leaving their possessions, devices and content unlocked …

Anyhow.  An idle thought to finish.  Imagine you’re responsible for a customer’s data.  Imagine, by not using encryption, that data goes astray.  Imagine that the customer suffers as a result.

Who is to blame?  Downing Street?  The Cabinet?  The Coalition government as a whole?

Will we be able to redirect customers in their direction?

Will Cameron & Co, and anyone else who acquiesces to such idiocy, cough up the relevant compensation when awarded?

Answers on a virtual postcard, please.  By the early bit of May.  Say … the 1st.

In time to vote.

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