Well, yes, this is a problem, isn’t it?

One of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles, who targeted at least 500 children, would not have been caught under Facebook’s proposed end-to-end encryption plans, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Appearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, labourer David Nicholas Wilson, 36, admitted 96 sex abuse offences against 51 boys aged four to 14, whom he conned into sending him sexual images or blackmailed into abusing their younger siblings or friends.

Certain rapists get off because the jury finds they didn’t rape anyone. So, we ban juries?

Well, as we know, there are those who propose exactly that.

Certain crimes are not detected because the police have to have a warrant to bug phones. So, we should stop having warrants to bug phones? There are people who would suggest that too.

In a free – even a liberal – society the presumption is that peeps get to do as peeps desire as long as there is no direct third party harm. This applies to end to end encryption as well. There is no direct harm to it – even as people might use it to hide their activities which do harm. There is no direct harm to a third party with the wearing of a burqa. Even as it might be used to hide an identity or a crime.

6 thoughts on “Well, yes, this is a problem, isn’t it?”

  1. It is a problem, yes. It’s just not one that needs solving by the wholesale blocking of technology that has other uses, when it’s down to parents to maybe put in a bit of work checking what the kiddiewinks are up to on the web…

  2. Much of my views on crime comes from Growth Of Crime – Radzinowicz & King, which states that organizing society for the convenience of policemen is what makes a police state. Still true, I think.

  3. On the upside, a ban on E2E encryption would put an end to “Making Tax Digital”, and other tax-payer hostile insanities.
    Also end any other web transaction that needs security, sadly.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    Here we go again. A ban on something that will inconvenience the law abiding and do absolutely nothing to stop criminals.

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