Encryption is a touchy subject for the Home Office

Theresa May’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy: strong on rhetoric, but light on security measures like encryption if you ask me.

The publication of the Modern Crime Prevention Strategy by the Home Office yesterday was meant to make clear how the government will tackle crime. Actually, it just knocked another couple of nails into the privacy coffin. You can read the whole depressing thing here, though you can skip to chapter eight, about using data and tech to prevent crime. This got off to a bad enough start with the opening paragraph, which read: “Data and technology are not drivers of crime in themselves. Rather, they are tools that are critical to successfully preventing crime.” Erm, really? So hackers are not driven to access databases in order to profit from the information contained within them then? The fact that we nearly all have mobile devices which unlock our bank accounts, for example, does not drive hackers to develop methods of attacking them?

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