UK Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that end-to-end encryption, which prevents the government from snooping on communication, should be banned. He asks: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?”
To many of us in the Free Software world, and everywhere else, this is a terrifying remark and a full-on assault on civil liberties. We believe in the right to private communication, and if the government is allowed to spy on everyone all the time, this could have a huge impact on e-commerce and the digital economy as a whole.
So for our first podcast of the year, tell us what you think: how can we educate our politicians about the importance of privacy on the internet? Should all PPE degrees include a module on how the internet works? Or do we need a completely new party that includes prospective MPs who actually understand the net, and how encryption is vital to its future?
Let us know your comments below, and we’ll read out the best!