Amber Rudd To Planet Earth: “Real People” Don’t Need Encryption

From the “that was a stupid thing to say” department comes these comments from U.K. home secretary Amber Rudd via Yahoo News:

“Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family? 

“So this is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so-called ‘back doors’. 

“Companies are constantly making trade-offs between security and ‘usability’, and it is here where our experts believe opportunities may lie. 

“Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.”

Clearly she has no clue as to what she is talking about. And it’s actually kind of insulting too. But to be fair, Amber Rudd has a reputation for not being the sharpest tool in the shed. Instead she has a reputation of being a tool. At best her comments are naive. At worst they’re dangerous because in short, if you use WhatsApp or a service like it, you’re with the terrorists. Just even thinking about it is a #fail. Now tech giants are pushing back on this hard, and I fully expect Rudd to get an earful on this subject as I cannot see a scenario where this goes over really well.


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