“It seems more likely that if Cameron succeeded in getting end-to-end encryption banned that many affected companies would simply cease to offer their services to UK users, just like encrypted email service Lavabit which ultimately shut down when the government attempted to force it to hand over keys.”
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Cameron, in my view is setting a dangerous precedent in the UK, he is self contradictory in that , on the one hand he wants people to have free speech and yet at the same time he wants to curb that right.
Elsewhere the justification for wanting to outlaw end to end encryption appears to be twofold, “unmasking peadophiles ” and “combating terrorism”.
now why is it a dangerous precedent? the justification seems a plausible one and would no doubt garner support but as with Nazi Germany in the prelude to WW2 Hitler used the same strategy to unmask people, not because of their crimes but because they where considered”imperfect”, and we all know what happened to those poor unfortunate souls. Britain is perilously close to going down that very road. and it will not be peadophiles and terrorists that will suffer but disadvantaged people on the grounds that they are “not economically viable”.