“The bill unveiled by the UK on Wednesday does not ban companies from offering strong encryption, although they must be ‘reasonable’ in handing over data,” John Gapper writes for The Financial Times. “These governments seem to have realised the danger of making a category error about encryption — mistaking companies for mathematics. Even if they stopped Apple and others from deploying end-to-end encryption (when a user’s phone or computer holds the keys to decrypting its messages), it would not prevent a terrorist or anyone else from using the technology — the algorithm is out there.”

“Citizens and consumers also have good reason to seek out encryption that works, that prevents any disaffected teenager who feels like causing trouble — or Chinese or North Korean hacker with serious intent — from intercepting messages and stealing our credit card details. The internet’s overarching privacy problem is not that there is too much security, but too little,” Gapper writes. “So the UK government rightly concluded that trying to eliminate strong encryption by law is more trouble than it is worth.”

Gapper writes, “In practice, the technology is probably less ‘unbreakable’ than GCHQ and the NSA publicly assert — they have cracked hard problems before and the NSA is said to be working on a quantum computer that would do so.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The reason for mass encryption is the misuse of mass surveillance.

As we’ve stated many times: Because the U.S. government spooks trampled all over the U.S. Constitution, constantly demanding that Apple grant access to customers devices, Apple decided to remove themselves for the equation. And so, the government reaps what it hath sown. We guess law enforcement will have to get off their asses and do some old-fashioned leg work if they want to crack cases.

And, as we just wrote yesterday, when this UK bill was being reported as looking to ban strong encryption: Backdoors = insecurity. Wherever backdoors exist, it’s not only “authorities” exploiting them legally. Only a blooming idiot would believe in a “secure backdoor” accessible only by properly authorized “authorities.”

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

SEE ALSO:
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U.S. NSA seeks to build quantum computer to crack most types of encryption – January 3, 2014
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With Apple court order, activist federal judge seeks to fuel debate about data encryption – October 12, 2015
Judge declines to order Apple to disable security on device seized by U.S. government – October 10, 2015
Apple refused to give iMessages to the U.S. government – September 8, 2015
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Edward Snowden: Apple is a privacy pioneer – June 5, 2015
U.S. Senate blocks measures to extend so-called Patriot Act; NSA’s bulk collection of phone records in jeopardy – May 23, 2015
Rand Paul commandeers U.S. Senate to protest so-called Patriot Act, government intrusion on Americans’ privacy – May 20, 2015
Apple, others urge Obama to reject any proposal for smartphone backdoors – May 19, 2015
U.S. appeals court rules NSA bulk collection of phone data illegal – May 7, 2015
In open letter to Obama, Apple, Google, others urge Patriot Act not be renewed – March 26, 2015
Apple’s iOS encryption has ‘petrified’ the U.S. administration, governments around the world – March 19, 2015