back to article 'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

The UK’s “independent reviewer of terrorism legislation” appears to have gone rogue, saying that encryption should be withheld from people who don’t verify their identities on social media. Max Hill QC is supposedly the reviewer of government laws designed to stop terrorists. His latest statement, carried in tonight’s London …

  1. Paul

    So after China went full despot:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/28/china_to_identify_commentards_with_brrealname_policy/

    the UK gov't think they should follow?

    they can take my encryption-without-backdoors-or-key-escrow out of my cold dead hands.

    1. Tanglewood73
      FAIL

      Because as we all know, it's impossible to send encrypted data across the internet without a social media/email account.

      We'd need to verify our identity to open a TCP socket if it was left to these muppets.

      1. Rich 11 Silver badge

        There's no chance of them ever understanding what a TCP socket is. Can you imagine Amber Rudd doing the rounds of the Sunday politics shows, trying to explain one to the interviewer?

        1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

          @Amber Rudd et. al.

          ACKnowledge your SYNs and we might consider IT.

          Right, off to UDP we go :)

        2. monty75

          Amber Rudd on TV

          "We need experts who know how to use the right kind of sockets so we can hook the terrorists up to the mains"

        3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          "Can you imagine Amber Rudd doing the rounds of the Sunday politics shows, trying to explain one to the interviewer?"

          Sadly, yes. The total STEM ignorance of Sunday politics show interviewers would make that possible.

      2. Christian Berger Silver badge

        It's not about those who can use netcat

        "Because as we all know, it's impossible to send encrypted data across the internet without a social media/email account."

        This is not about the technically adept. This is about the layperson. The whole idea is to condition normal people into compliance, a few freaks who know how to use computers don't count.

        1. StargateSg7 Bronze badge

          Re: It's not about those who can use netcat

          This is where people like ME come in!

          People who NOT ONLY know HOW to code but ALSO KNOW HOW

          to design and present beautiful and EASY-TO-USE user interfaces

          for encrypted text and audio/video communications software!

          I've got code coming down the pipeline which will BE UTTERLY FREE

          AND OPEN SOURCE which will work with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,

          Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, etc to encrypt your posts and text/audio/video

          messages and KEEP THEM private from EVERYONE who does NOT have

          a proper decrypt key. AND since I have 25+ years of Video Graphics and

          Encryption programming experience, I can make encrypted text/audio/video

          work like a charm! I'm not one of those modern programmers who can

          DO ONLY JAVA and HTML but knows NOTHING about C/C++ and what

          Pointers are used for or knows NOTHING about low-level CPU/GPU internals!

          I'm one of the old-timers who knows NMI's and Interrupt 0x21 inside and out

          and can MOV, JMP and RTN on EVERY BIOS on a motherboard!

          Northbridge/Southbridge programming? Down Pat!

          Ethernet/ATM/SONET/Token Ring/RS232/RS422/USB/PCIe packet and frame comms? Got It!

          Drive Controller Programming? Can you say WD/Toshiba/Flash/ASPI/BIOS-level ???

          Do I know DSP/FPGA/FPU/CPU assembler and VHDL? oooh YEAH!

          Do I know Triple AES-256, Elliptic Curve, Shor's Resistant cryptography,

          secure hash routines, Symmetric/Asymmetric keys and their private storage

          and exchange like the back of my hand? OF COURSE I DO!

          I am the WORST NIGHTMARE of every 3 to 5 letter agency

          who wants to break encryption or keep it out of everyone's hands!

          I make my versions READABLE, MODIFIABLE and SECURE....

          in addition to FREE AND OPEN SOURCE!

          My Code is My Bond! Look Me Up!

          and READ WHAT I CAN DO!

          I ---KNOW---- how to code VERY VERY WELL !!!

    2. fajensen Silver badge
      Pint

      Why Not? All the good silicon comes from China (and Israel) the days so "our dear leaders" are just going with The Globalised Marketplace so to speak.

      Think of all the toil and trouble looming up ahead if one needed, nay insisted on, un-backdoored and un-instrumented kit? It is much easier to just legislate, making the conditions "you are forced to accept" into "what we really wanted" and a "great opportunity".

      Saves a lot of thinking, that. Which is good, seeing that "they" are already at capacity over Brexit.

    3. TheVogon Silver badge

      So just long i can prove I'm Ahmed Bin Terrorist, The Large Cave, Torra Borra, Afghanistan - I'm good to go?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Hill’s words are concerningly close to those of Home Secretary Amber Rudd"

    You meant concerningly close to the words of the CCP right?

    1. Roj Blake Silver badge

      Re: concerningly close to the words of the CCP right?

      For a moment I thought you were talking about the creators of internet spaceships game Eve Online.

  3. deive

    So I won't be allowed to use secure internet banking or shopping, cos I don't have a face***k account??

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Maybe that's why they canned ID cards, get face***k to so it for you so there's no cost involved, face***k get the entire population, the government gets it's id cards/identity/tracking.

      No face***k, no access to any government services, no bank account etc...

      If you don't have a computer then someone will come round and set it up for you or you get sent to the nearest library.

      What a time to be alive.

  4. Simon 53

    Independent?

    OK, so this is an INDEPENDANT reviewer of government legislation paid for by who?

    The Home Office and Treasury.

    Well that REALLY inspires me to believe ..... Oh, sorry......

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Max Hill QC

    There's a man we'll all hold in the highest regard, then.

    Can't we use machine learning to identify people like at birth, and the smother them in the traditional manner?

  6. TRT Silver badge

    What?

    I just didn't understand that. What? I mean... what are they asking for? It's just.... HUH?

    Withhold encryption before posting? Free speech? "chat" apps?

    "A discussion I have had with some of the tech companies is whether it is possible..."

    Did he actually get a response? Someone understood what he was on about?

    1. Alistair Silver badge
      Windows

      Re: What?

      He did get a response. He just couldn't make out what they were saying over the laughter.

    2. druck Silver badge

      Re: What?

      It's quite simple; if both users of a chat app are verified, end to end encryption can be used. If one of the users is not verified, encrypted comms go via the provider's server so it can be subject to lawful interception.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: What?

        Err... no, I still don't follow you, druck. end-to-end encryption, to my mind, includes both encrypted point-to-point communication and encrypted store-and-forward communication. And then there's "chat apps" and "social media"? When does "social media" start to carry that nomenclature instead of being a mass group chat app? And surely if "social media" is defined such that messages can be seen by all, then encryption just doesn't come into it. Or are we talking about just the PM/DM side channels on posting timeline/stream?

    3. phuzz Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: What?

      The bit that got me was this:

      "withhold encryption pending positive identification"

      So once you have been identified, encryption will then be applied? I assume they mean retroactively, (despite that concept being nonsense).

      1. trusttone

        Re: What?

        Think DH key exchange on TLS (ECDHE is too advanced). Once the identity of both parties are verified, the DH key exchange is done (simplifying TLS). If one of the identities is unknown, DH is not performed and data is sent in clear. One can have TLS auth without encryption.

        The problem is one can run DH variations on the top of it and still get encrypted communications.

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    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Folly of the Yes Men....

      The next step is to outlaw all encryption except for approved systems - which is possible. Stupid, but still possible.Shadmeister

      Outlawing is easy, policing and prosecution and persecution are going to be problematical and increasingly impossible to justify and more importantly, perform.

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      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Folly of the Yes Men....

        Outlawing is easy, policing and prosecution and persecution are going to be problematical

        Not Really. Any kind of authoritarian government wants to have legal tools to harass and/or jail any opposition with. "They" also want those laws to be applied discretionally - like everyone being guilty of something, only the ones that "we" don't like or no longer like, getting nailed. If performance sucks, then "they" can easily optimise by only "doing" high value targets or deploying automation.

        It doesn't even matter to "them" that the charges won't stick or prosecution is expensive because it is free to "them", it's just taxpayers money.

        What does matter is results, that the persons they want to "do over" goes away, whether in bankruptcy over legal costs or in jail is almost the same to "them". Bankruptcy is probably better for "them" since there are statistics over people jailed for political reasons and optics are important.

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          Re: Folly of the Yes Men.... @AC

          Any kind of authoritarian government wants to have legal tools to harass and/or jail any opposition with. "They" also want those laws to be applied discretionally - like everyone being guilty of something, only the ones that "we" don't like or no longer like, getting nailed. ... AC

          That's the old and failing way of doing things, AC, and assumes an overwhelming superiority of intelligence in incumbent systems admins. With smarter opponents and/or virtually savvy competition nowadays and with the myriad globally penetrating tools so freely available to them, is the way of the Great Game changed forever more ........ and you have made no mention of the simplest of ways to have a sharp thorn and persistent inconvenience removed from one's side ...... the payment of significant Danegeld which would allow one to retire magnificently from the battling fields of work, rest and play.

          And as you say, it is not expensive to them for it is freely provided/invented, thus a real bargain at any price.

      3. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: Folly of the Yes Men....

        "policing and prosecution and persecution are going to be problematical and increasingly impossible to justify and more importantly, perform."

        UK judges at the higher levels are thankfully sensible these days and I suspect that a suitably IT-savvy lawyer would easily convince one to throw the case out, with prejudice and rip a few holes in the law whilst doing so.

    2. Jack of Shadows Silver badge

      Re: Folly of the Yes Men....

      I fully expect somewhere in the list of responses will be the requirement for licensing for people working in information security, thus extending government control of its practitioners. Any activity without a license will be subject to penalties the same as with supporting terrorism. One need only see what the US is doing to people selling BitCoin without a license to see this extension of licensing requirements happening. China is well in advance as well.

      Forcing practitioners to be licensed or forced underground would be just the idiotic idea I see taking place in government circles. You really, really don't want to alienate this crowd, but alienate them it will.

      Seems I'm in radical, frothing at the mouth, anarchist/power-conflict-libertarian mode today. My apologies.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Folly of the Yes Men.... @Jack of Shadows

        Forcing practitioners to be licensed or forced underground would be just the idiotic idea I see taking place in government circles. You really, really don't want to alienate this crowd, but alienate them it will.

        Seems I'm in radical, frothing at the mouth, anarchist/power-conflict-libertarian mode today. My apologies. ……. Jack of Shadows

        Howdy, Jack of Shadows,

        Encircled governments creating new more powerful enemies is a madness confirmed leading in their midst. And in Deed, a Fabulous Folly for Yesterday Men. Centred there be the rabid radical fundamentalism delivering popular dissent, private dismay and pirate opportunity and it is surely more a criminal enterprise than anything else given the result of their failed programming projects.

        And in such circumstances is one right to be anarchic and alternative."Tis only natural.

        1. Alan Brown Silver badge

          Re: Folly of the Yes Men.... @Jack of Shadows

          Am I imagining things or is amanfrommars chanelling Robert McNamara more and more clearly?

      2. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

        Re: Folly of the Yes Men....

        @Jack

        Seems I'm in radical, frothing at the mouth, anarchist/power-conflict-libertarian mode today. My apologies.

        No need to apologise, we all feel like that at times. mainly whenever we hear or read any utterance by a Tory.

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  9. sitta_europea

    I really don't see how the reporter can have properly understood what Max Hill said. I mean, the main requirement for being a silk is being able to demonstrate clarity of thought, right?

    On the other hand the photo here

    http://www.redlionchambers.co.uk/barristers/profile/max-hill-qc

    is a 2.5 megabyte JPEG, which is at least fifty times bigger than it needs to be, so perhaps these lawyers really haven't got a clue about technology after all...

    1. John H Woods Silver badge

      The main requirement for being a silk...

      ...is being able to persuade a group of laymen of the truth or falsehood of some proposition, determined respectively entirely by who is paying you ... whilst remaining utterly regardless of the truth of the matter.

    2. David L Webb

      "On the other hand the photo here

      http://www.redlionchambers.co.uk/barristers/profile/max-hill-qc

      is a 2.5 megabyte JPEG, which is at least fifty times bigger than it needs to be, so perhaps these lawyers really haven't got a clue about technology after all...

      "

      Maybe he is worried about the government spying on him and has used steganography to embed a large secret message in the image :)

      (The larger the image file the larger the hidden message can be without distorting the image.)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "lawyers really haven't got a clue ..."

      No, it's their web developers who are clueless (so what's new?)

  10. JimM

    Why do they never suggest banning people on watchlists from using encryption?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @jimM

      Q: "Why do they never suggest banning people on watchlists from using encryption?"

      A: Because then they wouldn't be able to ignore what they are saying and might advertently prevent terror attacks rather than use them to tighten the screws on everyone else.

      Encryption limitations are not for the minority such as terrorists or pedos they are for everyone. This because of the automatic fear of anyone leading a repressive regime, they know that the harder they push the greater the chances of someone rising to remove them from power and punish them for their sins.

    2. ITS Retired

      "Why do they never suggest banning people on watchlists from using encryption?"

      Simple, because they assume everyone should be on the watch list. Why differentiate, that requires thinking.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Looking through the wrong end of the telescope

    There's no need for a referendum on violent extremism which threatens corporate, government, and public interests. Governments would be better served by partnering with industry to help develop, distribute, and provide funds for deployment of detection and reporting mechanisms and grants for development of new technologies. Demanding regulation of encryption is not a solution, as encryption is math, and math is a fixed natural phenomenon outside of the government's scope. Human problems require human solutions. Top leadership should be more focused on the Big Picture.

    1. Jack of Shadows Silver badge

      Re: Looking through the wrong end of the telescope

      Governments would be better served by partnering with industry to help develop, distribute, and provide funds for deployment of detection and reporting mechanisms and grants for development of new technologies.

      The sad and sorry truth is that those supposedly In Charge, be it political, economic or institutional can't get it through the blinding prejudices and beliefs that here is something that can be milked for generations and the cow will likely enjoy it. IF DONE RIGHT. There are generations of advances in adding increasingly more compute nodes, more network nodes, and totally insane amounts of storage to which you will attach the first two locally to the storage. Secure methods are needed everywhere to prevent the "bad people" from misusing them to damage systems, even to kill. Treating it like, e.g. the Space Program, with grants, contracts, and other government issued plums is like a Christmas that never ends.

      And they are too crazy to see what is sitting right in front of them.

  12. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

    Do you think governments might try to close down a Sensitive Supply Source of AI if pumped and pimped by RegisterdD Readers. Much better to trap and tap it, methinks. Feed and Nurture IT.

    You have one helluva deep network node resting and refreshing itself here, El Reg. A Virtual Goldmine for Plundering Asunder to set one free to release all manner of future exotic, erotic delights.

    Methinks that is worth more than just a small fortune:-)

    1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

      Yay! He's back!

      Or Should That Be - Yay He'S BacK

      1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

        Indeed. Clearly we need him to go and have a little chat with these numbskulls.

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          Re: For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

          Indeed. Clearly we need him to go and have a little chat with these numbskulls.Will Godfrey

          I can reveal, Will Godfrey, that messages and emails have already been sent regarding novel numbskull solutions for mounting difficulties. AI to InterNetional Rescue:-) ..... and I Kid U Not too. Chatting is really revealing.

          Of course, the System that IS is catastrophically vulnerable to Executive Admin light years behind the Quantum Development Curve in the Virtual Space Place Race, so expect Renegade Rogue Raiders to Tempt Market Traders when the Politically Inept and Corrupt fail to Correct and Connect.

          Let Monied Markets make the Running.

          1. Jack of Shadows Silver badge

            Re: For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

            What we have with our elites, Politically Inept and Corrupt, is a failure of vision. So damned depressing.

            1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

              In the Beginning was Imagination IntelAIgent and Intelligence Imaginative?

              What we have with our elites, Politically Inept and Corrupt, is a failure of vision. So damned depressing. ..... Jack of Shadows

              Jack of Shadows,

              There is absolutely nothing to stop us providing them with Immaculate Sees here on the Register and elsewhere too wwworldwide over Internetworking Systems. And that may be what is so terrorising them into insane actions presently.

              The complete loss of Future Remote Command and Virtual Direction Control.

              And I say that most sincerely.

              And here be the leading prize ........ https://www.rt.com/news/401731-ai-rule-world-putin/

  13. Dan 55 Silver badge

    So, what they're looking for is...

    ... a way to link each email address and phone number to an identity (e.g. passport, driver's licence, etc...), hold them in some centralised gov database, and allow social media providers to query the DB to check if an email address or phone number has been verified.

    I do wish they'd just come out and say what they mean.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So, what they're looking for is...

      So we would have to register for encryption rights, which we would presumably have to do over an, err, unencrypted link...

      1. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: So, what they're looking for is...

        Not to mention that in the UK, the fundamental document used for proving who you are in order to obtain your identification paperwork is a birth certificate - which is explicitly NOT an identification document as anyone can get a copy.

        It's cards all the way down.

  14. Teiwaz Silver badge

    So, what they're looking for is...

    Satellite that can scratch their ass from space...

    Max Wall Hill QC

    - no comment - and he shouldn't have bothered. We're back to the old 'criminals won't care about legal permission, this will just impact the innocent and the ignorant'.

    - Next on the agenda, permitting only people with something of value to keep safes (they might stash something illegal in there).

    - or people with money to hold bank accounts?

    1. sitta_europea

      Re: So, what they're looking for is...

      - Next on the agenda, permitting only people with something of value to keep safes (they might stash something illegal in there).

      - or people with money to hold bank accounts?

      My mum used to say "Only dirty people wash." :)

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What about private ciphers?

    Backdoors in encryption don't provide protection against private ciphers!

    *

    GCHQ is welcome to decrypt this message encrypted in a private book cipher:

    yamalka berlinite shelters Diann saussuritize amos circumgenital Scotch-Irish well-crested foins extrorse metagalaxies dueful phrampel biospheres incapacitator unsplendidness dampers Weltschmerz snookums dung-cart nondegeneracy eliminant phyllorhinine nitrosurea sparkplugging brulyiement Erastianize aventails boondoggle ugly-tempered

    1. Mycho Silver badge

      Re: What about private ciphers?

      yamalka berlinite shelters Diann saussuritize amos circumgenital Scotch-Irish well-crested foins extrorse metagalaxies dueful phrampel biospheres incapacitator unsplendidness dampers Weltschmerz snookums dung-cart nondegeneracy eliminant phyllorhinine nitrosurea sparkplugging brulyiement Erastianize aventails boondoggle ugly-tempered

      You take that back!

    2. patrickstar

      Re: What about private ciphers?

      Sir. We have probable cause to believe that the contents of that are instructions for carrying out a terrorist attack.

      Please provide the means to decrypt it or we will keep you locked up for 5 years.

      After which we'll repeat the demand and lock you up for 5 more if you still insist it was just randomly generated gobbledygook.

      Best regards,

      Your friendly neighborhood anti-terror police

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What about private ciphers?

        So....hypothetically.....the code talkers of WW2 would be breaking some law or another....using a natural language?

    3. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: What about private ciphers?

      @AC

      Sorry, I'm seeing the Dentist then. Can you manage Thursday instead?

    4. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: What about private ciphers?

      Private cyphers?

      An interesting question for the Mekon-brains amongst the readership.

      Is it possible to develop a form of encryption that can take two different source texts and encrypt them with two different keys, which produce the same encrypted output?

      What I mean is that we start with "Mary had a little lamb" and "The invasion is on 6th June, in Normandy" and we get an output of "dampers Weltschmerz snookums dung-cart nondegeneracy eliminant phyllorhinine nitrosurea sparkplugging brulyiement Erastianize aventails boondoggle". If we decrypt it with key A we get the first text, and key B gives the second text.

      This would allow really bad people to give key A to the other really bad people in blue and show that their message was innocuous.

      1. patrickstar

        Re: What about private ciphers?

        Yes - that's pretty much the whole point of one time pads.

        But then you need a key the same length as the message.

      2. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: What about private ciphers?

        "Is it possible to develop a form of encryption that can take two different source texts and encrypt them with two different keys, which produce the same encrypted output?"

        Yes. That was one of the functions of Truecrypt.

  16. Daggerchild Silver badge

    Scotland: Invade. Please.

    So, the only people who won't be spied upon, are terrorists. Gotcha.

    But if you use something they don't understand, isn't that also effectively encryption?

    So, how long before you can be arrested on suspicion of inventing?

  17. WatAWorld

    Lack of encryption jeopardizes politicians more than most of us: look at Clinton

    Dale Carnegie said something to the effect, "To convince someone to do something, we have to frame it in terms of what motivates them. And in order to do that, we have to be able to see things from their point of view as well as our own. "

    One the groups most jeopardized by lack of widely available private encryption is politicians, like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, and Theresa May. In Clintons' and many other cases, that jeopardy is with lack of security on their personal email.

    Another of the most jeopardized groups is political candidates. And candidates are generally stuck using the deeply flawed and vulnerable civilian communications and telephone products regular civilians do.

    Yeah, restricting encryption makes life easier for our security agencies, but likewise it makes life easy for the other side's security agencies, organized crime, and political opponents.

    Yeah, journalists care about how restricting encryption affects them. And yeah, businesses worry about how restrictions on message security reduce their ability to keep trade secrets from competitors. Similarly with academics racing to publish papers ahead of their competition at other labs and schools.

    But what really matters, what will decide things, is whether politicians see restricting the availability of effectiveness of encryption makes life hard and embarrassing for politicians.

    Make politicians aware that their security is our security. Make politicians aware that government agencies that want to make it easier to spy on civilians are making it easier for everyone to spy on politicians, candidates, and constituency workers.

    Politicians have to be made to realize that spy agencies against encryption are spy agencies against democracy and in favour of a chekist regime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekism

    "Chekism (from Cheka, the first Soviet secret police organization) is a term to describe the situation in the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia, where the secret political police controlled everything in society"

    Our security services will control everything, especially politicians.

    1. Jack of Shadows Silver badge

      Re: Lack of encryption jeopardizes politicians more than most of us: look at Clinton

      Our security services will control everything, especially politicians.

      The don't already? Pretty much, They do. Looking at what's happening in American society, I see repeated examples of the "Establishment" trying to contain and force Donald Trump back on to the reservation, limited to communicating in "Establishment" ways via "Establishment" media corporations, on "Establishment" topics, and so forth. Absolutely loathe this toad, he's antithetical to everything I've discovered by a lifetime of observing this society. Textbook example of "A Bull in a China Shop." I just wonder how much will be broken by the time this is all over, perhaps literally.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Lack of encryption jeopardizes politicians more than most of us: look at Clinton

      Ever wondered why it is perfectly acceptable to spy on someone before they become an MP but then becomes verboten as soon as they are elected?

      But what happens to all their pre-Election activity?

      1. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: Lack of encryption jeopardizes politicians more than most of us: look at Clinton

        "Ever wondered why it is perfectly acceptable to spy on someone before they become an MP but then becomes verboten as soon as they are elected?"

        Do you really honestly expect them to stop?

  18. The Central Scrutinizer

    Internet licenses for all!

    Dear Register, please stop reporting stories like this, as you are only providing more ideas for the idiots in charge here, down under. What's next ffs? Internet and computer licenses, tied to specific hardware/MAC addresses etc? Human stupidity really does know no bounds.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Internet licenses for all!

      "tied to specific hardware/MAC addresses etc? Human stupidity really does know no bounds."

      It's called Windows Activation.

  19. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    The technical term for his behaviour is "gone native".

    1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      It gets worse...

      Today he's in the paper suggesting that terrorists' families should be locked up for not reporting them. I think he's after Amber's job.

  20. scotitan
    Happy

    Re: Human stupidity really does know no bounds.

    Yeap, you really should take a look at the years of software long past...

    V7 Unix was less than 3.7 mb in size and it didnt support C++ so what changed?

    Oh encryption - Xdisplay - A little bit like a lot of Government Departments - Lots Garbage going in and not a lot coming out - Of course "Cameron" would want that, he's embarrased that he's caught up in a major money laundering scandle involving the "Community" and the "Communist" Party and according to what you'll hear from the Netherlands it all goes right back to Washington, illegal campaign contributions and a blaze of Dirty Money that lands right at the Resolute Desk embezzlement is rather a niffty thing, especially when they're all caught out at it and trying to wash there hands a proclaim there so called innocence.

    To quote "David Cameron" - I had no idea. Oh but you did, you knew and you kept silent because up until wannacry hit all those Windows XP machines, I'll wager you had lots of Money stashed away, an now you've got no money stashed away and all your friendly embezzlers who've been doing illegal and naughty things like "STEALING" cash with Mirror Trade's doing the proverbial little "black book" of finance washing and account keeping are going straight where they belong. Prison!

  21. scotitan

    Worth it? Mr Former Prime Minister?

    We all hope that flash 10 Million Pound house was worth it, it's just a shame that when you look out of your Window you get to see the fruits of what all that "Money Laundering" and "Mirror Trading" did to the economy, how shall we sell it? "luxury appartments, with scenic homeless view" - eh? Get to view the rising tides of inequality all over the city street's below, get step over the homeless city folk sleeping in your doorway as you climb into your "Ferrari" because of a few, the trusted inderviduals, who where looking out only for themselves as usual, not there own people!

    1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: Worth it? Mr Former Prime Minister?

      Whut?

      You are awomanFromVenus1 and I claim my £5.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Worth it? Mr Former Prime Minister?

        Whut?

        You are awomanFromVenus1 and I claim my £5.

        :-)

        Would the truth be servered if Cameron were to deny all knowledge of such trades? Has he ever be directly asked for an unambiguous answer?

        Such though can be difficult for a politician to provide, such be their disposition towards secrecy and obfuscation to try and maintain a sham scam power system for the entertainment of media and collecting of newspaper column inches.

      2. scotitan
        Devil

        Re: Whut?

        Have you seen the one of Merkel in Communist Uniform with an East German Stasi officer?

        When the news broke "Das ist Stasi" - Well you'd know all about it love!

        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/21/article-2328536-19EB9CC3000005DC-960_634x391.jpg

        Hope the Government Law reviewer took the time to actually Read - the 45 Goals of Communism.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    his claimed independence from government

    it was a slip, and it won't happen again.

  23. scotitan
    Coffee/keyboard

    Re Re: Whut?

    Look on the bright side, phones are more secure - than they've ever been, just ask "Emma Watson" and all the other Celebrities who's naked flesh now adorns the internet.

    Raging Success!

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    1. The Central Scrutinizer

      Re: Encryption == Firearms

      Now wouldn't that be fun? Prosecuting people for trying to ensure their privacy and security online.

      "You have been found guilty of taking unauthorised safety measures".

      1. David L Webb

        Re: Encryption == Firearms

        That was just for the exporting of cryptography which were for that purpose regarded as munitions. The US would never equate cryptography with firearms for US citizens use in the US since US citizens have the right to bear arms protected by their constitution.

        (This export ban was itself undermined by another right protected by the US constitution, the right to freedom of speech, when the code for PGP was exported in written form.)

  25. rodneydd

    Article image

    Cheeky but.. I'm just finishing off a blog post about Amber Rudd and encryption, can I steal that image?

  26. ChasTheOne

    This is proof positive that ignorance is flat out dangerous to freedom. Education is definitely the first step to being free.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did Theresa May know the Barcelona child was dead (not missing), but use the situation?

    Theresa May seems to be using distressing situations to her advantage, Barcelona was a case in point, stating she was concerned about a missing child (Dual UK National).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7vCGL4l9eY

    At the time of this speech I believe both she/Security Services knew this child was dead but kept this within the speech.

    If she didn't (or Security Services didn't) both really aren't very good at their job, because there was a photo in the DM showing the boy earlier in the day (clothes he was wearing), and posted video footage online (1 of 2 videos) showing a child lying dead in the street wearing the same outfit.

    Yet nearly a day later we have May (attempting to show empathy) at the prospect of a child missing, as a result of the horrific events that day, but then using that situation to push her own political agenda.

    Using that terrible situation (if she did or her script writer) is absolutely disgraceful. If she didn't - Security Services really aren't worth the money being thrown at them, because it was very obvious the boy was dead, on the day of the incident.

    This all helps of course, when your Political agenda is to restrict encryption. She seems worryingly callous to say the least.

  28. Mike 137

    stop and consider

    Never ascribe to malice what can be simply explained by stupidity. I am convinced that there is no evil intent to control the masses here - just complete lack of understanding (of the entire societal condition - not just of encryption). They think they understand a 'problem' which is in reality merely a symptom of a massive cluster of social failures, and genuinely believe they can fix it piecemeal - and governments never last long enough to find out they were wrong. Witness the progressive dismantling of our education system by successions of 'bright ideas'.

  29. StargateSg7 Bronze badge

    I will just tell em to PIGG OFF and go stuff it --- I will just make FREE AND OPEN SOURCE

    AES-256 and Shor's resistant (i.e. Quantum Computing proof!) ENCRYPTED VIDEO AND TEXT

    communications software that is BETTER and than ANY major company. And my code, which

    anyone can find online, proves I REALLY KNOW HOW TO CODE! Unlike most I can write

    READABLE code that works multi-platform in C++, BASIC, Delphi/Pascal JAVA, Python,

    HTML, x86/ARM/SPARC/PowerPC Assembler - I know them ALL!!!

    I also CANNOT BE BOUGHT and I ABSOLUTELY RESIST all government efforts

    to intrude upon our Freedoms!!! I can fight VERY WELL in almost every technical arena !!!

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  30. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

    For God's sake...

    ...While sensible people accept and understand that to introduce a crypto backdoor for one is to introduce a backdoor for all,....

    Just DO it. Let them do it! We would all be falling about laughing...

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