The UK government has once again bared its anti-technology teeth in public, leaning especially heavily on messaging stage WhatsApp for its use of end-to-end encryption security tech, and calling it out for enabling criminals to communicate in secret.
Reuters reported yesterday that UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd had announced out end-to-end encryption assistances “like WhatsApp”, claiming they are applied by paedophiles and other crooks and pressurise the companies to stop enabling such beings from operating outside the law.
“I do not accept it is right that companies should allow them and other criminals to operate beyond the reach of law enforcement. We must necessary the industry to move faster and more aggressively. They have the resources and there must be greater need, ” Rudd supposedly added.
Earlier this week she also admitted she doesn’t actually understand e2e encryption.
Asked about her understanding of the technology at the Conservative Party conference, Rudd came out with this gem: “I don’t need to understand how encryption works to understand how it’s helping the criminals. I will engage with the security services to find the best mode to combat that.”
She also complained about being ridiculed by the tech industry for not understanding the technologies she’s seeking to regulate. Whilst apparently double-faced down on the foolishnes that has attracted said mockery.
This of course led to more mockery…