The UK government is pushing to make encrypted phones a criminal offense. Aimed at criminal networks, this directive could have sweeping implications for those of us who rely on secure messaging for our day-to-day communication.
Authorities are going beyond technical operations, undercover investigations, and phony phone services to target the encrypted phone industry – now they’re exploring legislative solutions. The Home Office released a document outlining potential measures to enhance law enforcement efforts against serious and organized crime.
If enacted, selling, possessing, or manufacturing an encrypted phone designed explicitly for use in crime would become punishable by law. That’s why the Home Office has started soliciting opinions from law enforcement, businesses, civil libertarians, and the general public alike. It’s crucial that we look past its intended purpose to determine if the proposal could put our right to safe communication in jeopardy.