Get Ready For The Political Fight Against Encryption
from the it's-coming dept
That said, with countries like the UK proposing legislation to snoop on all communications -- including encrypted ones -- the folks over at TorrentFreak are right to be wondering how long it will be until someone tries to ban VPNs. Some more authoritarian countries have tried to effectively do so already (without much luck), but as our anonymous commenter suggested above, this idea is at least being considered by plenty of so-called democracies as well.
Thankfully, there would be plenty of powerful forces to fight back against any such attempt. Beyond regular internet users speaking out (ala the SOPA/ACTA protests), you'd also have plenty of companies who rely on encryption and VPNs for their efforts to keep people and data safe. Considering Congress is already suggesting that it should get involved in forcing companies to better protect data, it would be ironic (though, not surprising) to then find them also trying to outlaw encryption/VPNs, not realizing that the two things are diametrically opposed to one another.
In the end, I don't see how a war against encryption or VPNs could actually succeed, but it won't mean that efforts in that direction won't be a painful annoyance when they come around. Either way, people should at least be paying attention to these discussions, and trying to educate politicians that encryption and VPNs are necessary parts of a secure internet.