British Government Cracking Down On Encryption
With more and more governments jumping on the Big Brother Bandwagon, it’s has become vital to increase your options for secure browsing whether you’re sitting at home, visiting a friend or traveling abroad.
This week ArsTechnica reported (story here) that the British Government had taken an administrative stance that aimed to backdoor any and all messaging applications, and those that wouldn’t comply or be brought to heel would be outright banned.
It’s telling that Prime Minister David Cameron is utilizing the old government canard that “if you’re not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to hide,” utilizing the recent attacks at the French satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo as a springboard for governmental cyber intrusion.
While it may be interesting to see how and if that type of aggressive take on digital security could take hold, finding further ways to make yourself secure online is the best way forward.
This problem piles on top of previous news reported a year ago by The Verge that showed how the NSA was sneaking data from mobile apps.
The agency was able to get personal data by targeting the application configuration itself. From there agencies could pull details like someone’s age, location and ethnicity. By exploiting data permissions within applications, governmental cyber snoops gained access to basically any data that advertisers had access to, making them the biggest public sector data miners to date.
The Verge’s report also showed how Google Map searches on smart phones were being collected, for reasons only those at the Puzzle Palace know.
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