Privacy is too important for tech platforms to create cracks in encryption shields on state demand
In 2013, American journalist Glenn Greenwald travelled to Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source, who asserted he had some shocking evidence of widespread government spying. The source turned out to be an NSA contractor named Edward Snowden, and the rest is history. Greenwald wrote a bestselling book on it, No Place to Hide. I thought of this book as the UK government started a campaign against end-to-end encryption with the same name. Coincidentally, last Friday was Data Privacy Day. On 28 January 1981, the first legally-binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection called Convention 108 was signed, and the date is observed every year. The US House of Representatives, in a rare show of bipartisan unity, even passed a resolution in 2009 by a vote of 402–0 in recognition of Privacy Day.