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Political Staffers Move To Signal—Here’s Why That Matters

If this wasn’t such a stupid story, it would be humorous.

Government officials in several countries have recently demanded that all encryption software should contain “back doors” so that that law enforcement officials, government spies, and other government officials can read everything that you and I read or write. That means that local governments would have access and undoubtedly very soon worldwide hackers, thieves, and foreign governments, would figure out how to access these same “back doors” and read all of your email messages, text messages, and everything else that you read or write. Of course, privacy experts are strongly refusing to allow such access.

“George Orwell’s 1984 is supposed to be a fictional novel, not a how-to manual!”

For the latest bit of stupidity, first read my earlier article at https://privacyblog.com/2020/02/21/trump-administration-targets-your-warrant-proof-encrypted-messages/. Then continue reading this article.

Now the European Union Commission has instructed its staffers to use Signal instead of WhatsApp (or anything else) for communications. That is not a “suggested” action, it is a DIRECTIVE. Employees must use this safe and secure, encrypted app, for communications amongst the agency.

It seems that Signal is a much safer and much more secure text messaging, voice, and video calling application than WhatsApp or other, similar apps. The management of the EU Commission wants all their government employees to use Signal in order to keep hackers, thieves, and foreign governments from reading all the Commission’s messages. There is no “back door” in Signal.

Hey! Government officials should be using the same encryption tools that the government’s citizens are using! If the government wants back doors in the encryption software I use in order to read my private communications, shouldn’t a concerned citizen, such as myself, have the capability to read the government’s communications? The government(s) should be using encryption software with “back doors” to allow their own citizens access as well as probable access by worldwide hackers, thieves, and foreign governments.

Whatever happened to the term “open government?””

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

You can read more about this silly contradiction of common sense in an article by Zak Doffman in Forbes at http://bit.ly/2Pm4Loi.

Categories: Encryption, Online Privacy & Security

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