David Cameron wants to "Ban Encryption"

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"UK Prime Minister David Cameron really hates the internet. He’s long been willing to mention companies like Snapchat and Whatsapp as real security threats to the nation. He’s declared a semi-official war on porn, which has of course been spectacularly unsuccessful and has already resulted in countless abuses in the name of conservative prudery and outright censorship. And now, he is gearing up to begin one of the most fundamental attacks on the internet that it’s possible to imagine: he wants to ban encryption.

Now, he and his supporters wouldn’t frame it that way. The exceedingly reasonable-sounding question is whether, in Cameron’s own words, “we want to allow a means of communication between two people which even in extemis with a signed warrant from the home secretary personally that we cannot read.” This question contains the magic word, the cure-all that has always been able to break the back any real surveillance backlash: warrant. That’s why you will not find official British sources characterizing this new initiative as a ban on encryption; they say they still want you to have the encryption, just so long as they can break it whenever they want. This ability to be secure against everybody except the biggest and best-funded hackers in the world is a bit like the ability to turn invisible, but only while nobody’s looking.

In practice, this idea would mean that the country would legislate into existence software “backdoors” allowing the government to waltz through any commercially available means of encryption. The most obvious problem with this is that such backdoors present additional weaknesses that could be exploited by people other than the government themselves — will the government’s own servers be imperfectly encrypted in this way?"

NB: Please consider this thread about the "Ban of Encryption" and not based of UK Politics.
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Same crap here in the US. There are forces at work trying to abolish any electronic devices that are unhackable and/or untraceable by the federal government. For example, Apple's relatively new undecipherable code iPhone.

It's a crock... Phoooeeey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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My answer to David Cameron is, boy you haven't got a clue from the internet. People have a right of privacy on the internet.
 
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viva la revoluzion !!! burn the witches and warlocks of the imperialist courts :D
 
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It is impossible to get what he wants and also if you could actually do it, it would be a drop in the ocean.

There are hundreds of applications that allow, for absolutely legitimate purpose, to protect the users privacy and to avoid that anyone can access the messages conveyed in encrypted form.
 

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Military-grade weapons and the ability to go about one's business unsupervised are necessary to maintain rights and freedoms of plebeians.


"banning encryption" only means to criminalise it
 
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