Following events in London last week British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has set her sights on the Internet.
The UK already has the most snooping in the western world but Mrs Rudd wants more.
Monday we received the following communication from the Open Rights Group.
"Yesterday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Andrew Marr that it was “completely unacceptable” that the Government was unable to read messages sent via services such as WhatsApp who offer end-to end encryption.
The Government likes to position this as a question of privacy versus security. This is wrong. As we pointed out in today's Guardian , encryption keeps us safe online, undermining it will make us all less secure.
It may seem like she is asking for something she doesn’t understand. But she is Home Secretary and her advisors know exactly what they want – to strip away any possibility of privacy wherever they can. And they know companies are a soft target.
Rudd also told Marr that the Government wanted to tackle the promotion of extremist content online by talking to people “who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff ever being put up”. We’re not quite sure what this means and we don’t think Rudd knows either.
This is one of the reasons why ORG exists - to explain to MPs and the media how technology and the Internet work, and in doing so, to protect the digital rights of people in the UK.
If Amber Rudd gets away with blaming WhatsApp for terrorism, then WhatsApp may well decide to remove safe and secure encryption, just in order to manage their own public image.
We can’t challenge this without the support of our members. Please join ORG today and help us to fight for your digital rights.
PS. My blog outlines the vast surveillance powers that the UK Government has to investigate and prevent terrorist attacks.
 WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd – The Guardian
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