Rejoice, UK Government Backtracks on Encryption Ban

Business Insider with some relieving news:

The UK government will not try to ban encryption, a Number 10 representative has told Business Insider.

The denial comes after Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in Parliament at the end of June that he intended to crack down on encryption technology, saying he wanted to “ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate.”

The banning of encryption, and thus services like iMessage, WhatsApp and Snapchat, was a disgusting Tory policy that risked both our freedoms to converse in private, and our security.

If they had gone through with this, we would have been at risk of fraud, criminals snooping on our messages and bulk collection of our information from the government.

GCHQ have a job to do, but there are alternative ways to do it than clamping down on our civil liberties, and putting us at risk of cyber crime. This news is very welcome.