Security

Amber Rudd will break encryption

Sunday, 26 March, 2017 - 17:45

Today Home Secretary Amber Rudd claimed that end-to-end encryption is "absolutely unacceptable" when referring to how she believed terrorists primarily communicate.

Mark Chapman : Pirate Party - A Pirate's guide to online privacy

So what's this new IPBill I keep hearing about?

Recently passed as legislation by Parliament, the IPBill (amongst other things) requires your ISP to retain a log of all the websites and apps that your computer or mobile phone connects to. This data can then be viewed and accessed by the Police, Department of Health and any other Government agency that is given access without a court order. Equally, once stored it will be a magnet for hackers and some of the data will, at some point, be hacked into by a 3rd party and released publically.

Why is that a problem for me?

The list of every website that you visit is hugely personal information. Just think about those that you visited over the last week. It would almost certainly reveal who you bank with, where you get your main source of news, your political affiliation, which social media networks you use and how often, any health issues you might currently be concerned about, what schools your children attend, where you are thinking of going on holiday or what presents you are looking at for your loved one(s). For even the most innocent person, it is information that could be embarrassing if your work colleagues knew about it, but could be really valuable for anyone wanting to steal your identity. 

It is even more of a potential problem for lawyers protecting client confidentiality to ensure a fair justice system, for journalists protecting sources and the knowledge of stories that they are currently investigating, to minorites who are being, or who could be targetted and harrassed by others.

So what can I do about it?