British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to ban messaging apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facetime, because they are too encrypted and keep the government from reading citizens conversations, which could be shielding terrorist communications. He came out in support of this recently, not long after participating in the Freedom March in Paris, and denouncing attacks on democratic values such as “freedom of the press.”
What can quite possibly be considered the ultimate hypocrisy, Prime Minister Cameron said recently:
The murders in Paris are sickening. We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.
Wait, what? You denounce those that seek to do away with the freedom of the press, but you want to ban several messaging apps that millions of people use and depend on? Why?
Quite simply, he says that these apps harbor “safe spaces” for terrorists to communicate and make their data inaccessible to intelligence agencies and government officials even if they have a signed warrant.
Are we going to allow a means of communications which simply isn’t possible to read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’
Many companies like Apple and Google recently came under fire in the United States for making their data too encrypted. Top officials in the CIA and FBI within the Obama Administration have called for the changes, which will make users data available for law enforcement through a special backdoor. This same debate is now taking place over in Europe, and intensifying after the attacks in Paris.
Prime Minister Cameron goes on to say in the video (below) that:
The first duty of any government is to keep our people safe.
Do you agree with Mr. Cameron? Are you willing to give up some freedom in order to gain more security?
Watch his speech here:
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