‘Real People’ Do Not Want Secure Communications


Amber Rudd has said “real people” do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

The Home Secretary will warn internet giants today that terrorists are misusing their platforms when she visits Silicon Valley.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Rudd said: “Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family? More at Yahoo!

There are so many things wrong with what she is saying that I don’t know where to start. The words fit an agenda that the Conservative party has and bare little relation to reality.

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4 replies

  1. Is her statement wrong as a matter of how fact? How many people pick WhatsApp over some other service because it is end to end encrypted? I’d have thought relatively few.

    That’s not to say that secure messaging is undesirable, of course — I use it a lot — but just how many people even know what it is it?

    • It’s not factually wrong of course. Politicians rarely are because of the way they spin things. Would have thought, however, that if people knew it was so secure they would see that as a benefit.

  2. She, or the statement, assumes we have something to hide. Not necessarily true at all. On the other hand, we don’t want to have to be that careful or watchful over every word we say, lest it be misinterpreted. My challenge to her would be to publish absolutely every one of her communications, no matter how mundane or personal. Then see how she feels about end-to-end encryption.

    I may trust the government not to abuse the power but what about a future government or even a different country.

  3. And if I want to send my accountant a change in my personal details, a new bank account number for example? I would prefer to know it goes just to her only. Still, when sending anything private via any medium, at some point you have to trust someone.

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