Voice of the masses: GCHQ is upset. Does this mean we’re winning back our privacy?

Robert Hanning, the boss of Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ, the UK government agency tasked with spying on the internet) is upset. Apparently it’s becoming hard for him to spy on huge swathes of the internet because technology companies aren’t as willing to hand over data, and:

“Techniques for encrypting messages or making them anonymous, which were once the preserve of the most sophisticated criminals or nation states, now come as standard. These are supplemented by freely available programs and apps adding extra layers of security, many of them proudly advertising that they are ‘Snowden approved'”

Facebook have even opened a Tor hidden service to help people who want to keep their location secret from the company (and by extension, their government).

Our question this fortnight is: If the head of GCHQ is upset, does this mean we’re winning back our privacy? Is this a genuine plea for us to give up our digital rights, or is it just crocodile tears from someone who can still trace every click we make and message we send?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll read them out in our upcoming podcast.




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