UK home secretary Amber Rudd was speaking recently at the Conservative Party conference, where she accused technology experts of a ‘patronising’ and ‘sneering’ attitude towards politicians who try to legislate the technology industry.
She also said she didn’t understand how encryption worked but that ‘it was helping the criminals.’ The home secretary also said that companies who are developing end-to-end encryption should work with the government.
This is where NordVPN, a virtual private network service provider that helps protect internet privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people around the world, stepped in as the company’s CMO, Marty P. Kamden, issued a statement following UK home secretary’s comments, think its fair to say he did not hold back.
Marty said: “We feel that there is a dangerous disconnect between technology companies and politicians in terms of keeping in front of technological advancements. If new regulations and laws are created that seek to regulate the industry without trying to understand how the basic encryption technology works, the ones who suffer will be regular citizens and their privacy.
“Those who use encryption for illegal activities will always have a way to create their secured networks because encryption algorithms are public knowledge. In the world where government surveillance or ISP tracking is becoming the new norm, encrypted messaging apps, VPNs and other ways to keep communication private are helping regular people protect their privacy from surveillance or hacking. Every attempt to create a backdoor to this technology or to demand that technology companies collaborate with the government works against the principle of the encryption technology and is helping no one.”
Marty added: “Opening a door for government to access web browsing data and metadata makes everyone’s online activity vulnerable as the open gap can be potentially exploited by hackers and fraudsters or affected by system dysfunctions. Furthermore, accessing and later sharing the vulnerable information among government agencies and those collecting the data (i.e. UK ISPs) might be a big threat in itself, as private data can be mishandled or intercepted.”
NordVPN remains an outspoken supporter of Internet privacy and security and says it has noticed a 300% spike in user inquiries from the UK since the Investigatory Powers Bill was passed last year. Following UK’s surveillance law, NordVPN has doubled the encryption in UK. Double VPN servers ensure the traffic is encrypted twice and securely tunnelled between the two servers.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures and encrypts Internet traffic, helping protect users’ identity and data by hiding their IP address. It scrambles a user’s online data, so an ISP cannot decode and use it for building an advertising profile. It also reroutes Internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, preventing any third parties from monitoring a user’s Internet traffic.
As additional precaution, NordVPN recommends that UK customers use custom NordVPN apps, which have toughest security protocols by default. Using NordVPN apps also ensures access to up-to-date updates and access to the latest servers. NordVPN has a strict no log policy. Therefore, all online activity of NordVPN users is not only safely encrypted, but it is never recorded.
NordVPN, like many other VPN service providers, believes in barrier-free Internet and online privacy, and feels that instead of weakening online encryption, governments should work towards protecting people’s privacy and online security.
“We would be happy to assist any government, first by explaining how encryption works, why it’s necessary, and why any attempts to legislate encryption or to increase online surveillance are not only unhelpful but indeed dangerous to the society,” added Marty.