With the wearables and nearables (IoT) gaining momentum, it seems that the fear of security and privacy is being pointed in the wrong direction. Instead of setting up boundaries for the technology to come, they are worrying about the technology of yesterday which is serving us well today.
British Prime Minister Cameron’s announcement to ban Whatspp (among other social media chat apps) is leading the need to tighten security in the wrong direction. Supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who stated “I’m not interested in this civil liberties stuff. If they’re a threat, I want emails and calls listened too”, I fear that the British Government’s approach of “let us into your services, or we wont let you operate in the UK”, is a tactic that should be used for the future gadgets that will have more capabilities than our current ones.
I fear that their understanding of technology combined with the power they wield can mean that it will only be a matter of time before privacy becomes a distant memory all in the name of ‘security’. Their argument that apps like Whatsapp need to be freely accessibe to their intelligent agencies, is simply unacceptable. The light at the end of that tunnel is that the social media companies have denied their request, although I am sure that it will only be a matter of time before they are bullied into giving us all up!
So with Cameron’s final words of “the first duty of any Government is to keep our country safe” still coming across quite faux, I wonder without a constitution a document that the Americans hold so dear, will it only be a matter time before, like China, we have a system where all traffic is routed through government firewalls and only approved sites and services can be accessed.
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