Adam McMaster

Opposing the Snoopers' Charter

I wrote a post on the Valcato blog outlining why, as a company, we oppose the Snoopers' Charter and support our clients' right to encrypt their communications.

The UK government is pressing ahead with plans to introduce legislation this year which will ban the use of encrypted communications, the contents of which can not be viewed by the security services. Undoubtedly terrorists and other criminals who use encrypted communications stand a better chance of evading state surveillance than those who don’t. However, the suggestion that this is a good reason to ban service providers from properly securing communications is misguided.

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There is a balance to be struck between securing our systems against attack and preventing those systems being used by criminals. The Snoopers’ Charter strikes us as unbalanced.

The Open Rights Group have a petition opposing the bill.