They may end up getting better at it than you are


“Now I know that if you’re trying to catch terrorists it’s really tempting to demand to be able to break all that encryption but if you break that encryption then guess what – so could other people and guess what – they may end up getting better at it than you are,” he said.

Sir Tim also criticised moves by legislators on both sides of the Atlantic, which he sees as an assault on the privacy of web users. He attacked the UK’s recent Investigatory Powers Act, which he had criticised when it went through Parliament: “The idea that all ISPs should be required to spy on citizens and hold the data for six months is appalling.” More at the BBC.

I think we can all agree that Tim knows what he is talking about here.

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1 reply

  1. Since (a) data retention has been around for years, and (b) the Act says that an ISP can be compelled to retain data for up to 12 months, with no reference to six months appearing in the legislation, I am not entirely sure the detail of the comment is correct.

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