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Why breaking encryption is a bad idea that could never work

Here we go again. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that end-to-end encryption in apps like WhatsApp is “completely unacceptable” and that there should be “no hiding place for terrorists”. Her comments resurface the debate over banning encryption – an idea that is realistically unworkable and potentially mathematically impossible. An outright ban on end-to-end encryption would mean no more online banking, no more online shopping, and no more online privacy. “Encryption is not just for terrorists, it’s for everyone,” says Jillian York at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Monday, March 27, 2017
New Scientist

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