Special: Why we shouldn’t allow secret services to decrypt our communication

Obama, Cameron and de Maizière have said that secret services should be able to decrypt or bypass encrypted communication. This should help fight terrorism – and it could but therefore they would already need to know who. If they don’t know who to guard they would need to build a total surveillance which is not possible by the amount of data being transferred in the Internet (>639 TB/Minute > 10 000 GB/s) – or maybe it is?

So to find some terrorists sitting in the middle of huge cities buying heavy weapons and explosives, our secret services need to be able to read our communication at any time and therefore also lower security standards and risk more hackers being able to steal sensitive data. Of course one could now say that the reason terrorists can “easily” get weapons without anyone noticing is because of the easy encrypted communication but I don’t believe that a terrorist uses Threema if he knows that the encryption can now be read – he will use another way, a website on a server in nowhere. Now connecting to such a server must be suspicion, which it is, but illegal download sites have shown that it works.

Then there is also the moral reason: can we screen every person in a free and democratic country and is it free and democratic afterwards? Screening the citizens of their own country is a main attribute of a dictatorship, we in Germany can simply look back the GDR or second world war.

Allowing secret services to decrypt anything without them trying is a instinctual reaction without us thinking with our consciousness! This can be used by the secret services to gain more power. We learn from our history and this reminds me of Emperor Nero and the Great Fire of Rom where Nero gives the Christians the fault for the fire so they can be traced. Here the secret services are Nero, the terrorists are the fire and the Christians are the encryption.

Sources (German): Heise Security

Sources (English): Intel, Wikipedia

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