Why The Government Shouldn't Break WhatsApp

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Shared July 3, 2017

Encryption backdoors - breaking WhatsApp and iMessage's security to let the government stop Bad Things - sounds like a reasonable idea. Here's why it isn't.

A transcript of this video's available here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tom-sc...

CREDITS:

Filmed at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/

Camera by Tomek: https://www.youtube.com/tomek

Thanks to everyone who helped proofread my script!


REFERENCES:

WhatsApp's privacy protections questioned after terror attack: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-...

WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd: https://www.theguardian.com/technolog...

UK government renews calls for WhatsApp backdoor after London attack: https://www.theverge.com/2017/3/27/15...

Investigatory Powers Act: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2...

India is 'ready to use' Blackberry message intercept system: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-...

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security: https://www.theguardian.com/world/201...

Councils secretly spied on people walking dogs and feeding birds for five years: http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/26/council...
[This is basically a rephrase of https://www.theguardian.com/world/201... with a better headline]

Poole council spies on family over school claim: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknew...

Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/...

Reuters reference to "500 active investigations": http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bri...

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases: https://apnews.com/699236946e3140659f...


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