Thursday 14 December 2017

Adrian Weckler: Governments need to prove that diluting our privacy prevents more damage than it causes

For most of us, compromising our privacy has traditionally come down to a common-sense test of proportionality. But is the dilution of our right to remain unmonitored worth it to keep an orderly, safe society?
For most of us, compromising our privacy has traditionally come down to a common-sense test of proportionality. But is the dilution of our right to remain unmonitored worth it to keep an orderly, safe society?
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Is it time to give up our text messaging privacy? Do the Paris attacks mean that governments and security agencies should be allowed to monitor our communications more?

This debate is set to get louder in coming weeks as civilised society ponders how to protect itself from deadly aggression.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says that Apple and Facebook need to hand over back-door security access to iMessage and WhatsApp, two services that are fully encrypted.

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