Former Head Of GCHQ Says Don’t Backdoor End-To-End Encryption, Attack The End Points

When he was head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan said some pretty clueless things about the Internet and encryption. For example, in 2014, he accused tech companies of ‘facilitating murder’, and joined in the general demonization of strong crypto. Last year, he called for technical experts to work more closely with governments to come up with some unspecified way around encryption. Nobody really knew what he meant when he said:”I am not in favor of banning encryption. Nor am I asking for mandatory back doors. … Not everything is a back door, still less a door which can be exploited outside a legal framework.”Now, speaking to the BBC, he has clarified those remarks, and revealed how he thinks governments should be dealing with the issue of end-to-end encryption. As he admits:”You can’t uninvent end-to-end encryption, which is the thing that has particularly annoyed people, and rightly, in recent months. You can’t just do away it, you can’t legislate it away. The best that you can do with end-to-end encryption is work with the companies in a cooperative way, to find ways around it frankly.”

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