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Amber Rudd has got it backwards—encryption is key to defending our civil liberties

End-to-end encryption allows journalists to speak to sources, and lawyers to their vulnerable clients. We mustn't let a climate of fear impinge on our right to speak privately

By Edward Siddons  

Amber Rudd's approach to encryption ignores how many people use it for innocent means. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Since the gruesome attacks in Westminster and Manchester, end-to-end encryption has become something of a buzzword for the beleaguered government. In a recent article for The Daily Telegraph, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has returned to the fray in the most apocalyptic of terms: “The enemy online is fast. They are ruthless. They prey on the vulnerable and disenfranchised. They use the very best of innovation for the most evil of ends.” This…

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