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New UK Home Sec invokes infosec nerd rage by calling for an end to end-to-end encryption

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the thread is interesting, I have a (vague) impression that the level of hate against the fresh Secretary is somewhat differently angled than the hate against the previous one, with quite a few posts linking her nastiness and (lack of) intelligence with he fact she that the current one is a woman. While I laugh and fart in the general direction of the current fad of women-hater-hunting and women-promoting, based on this thread I do have this uncomfortable feeling that there's more than a grain of truth in womenophobia in a male-dominated environment.

Plus, more to the point, once we look past the feel-good hate-session, developments for encryption look grim. I'm sure some smart busy-bodies are working hard behind the scenes to come up with a gov-pleasing feasible "solutions", that is, banning encryption in the uk, perhaps combined with some sort of license to use it, similar to that latest porn license, but more tightly controlled (think of children and terrorists and millions will approve). Yes, I do realize how silly it seems and what about businesses, well, I'm sure the British government will be happy to learn the lessons of our Chinese friends, given how few friends we have left.

One solution I see (even though I'm technically inept) is some legislation that forces ISPs to block encrypted traffic, unless the user is checked against some license - and that license comes with a mandatory "law enforcement access" details. And if there are no keys, well, no traffic. And don't tell me the government can't cripple businesses and private usage because the impact for the affected would be massive. They can, I'm sure they did in the past, and likewise, they will in the future, if they decide it's worth the perceived "benefits"

Control will happen, because this is how things progress with the internet in general, the rumblings about encryption have been heard for quite some time now, and it's only a matter of time. I wish it was otherwise, but :/

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