Across the Atlantic, in Great Britain, policymakers are deliberating their own version of the Patriot Act—the Snooper’s Charter, which would require telecommunications firms to turn over specified data to the UK government upon demand. The government argues that terrorists and other bad actors might take advantage of these secure methods of communicating. The counterargument that companies are making, however, is quite simple: prove it.
Some companies like Heiress Communications find the government’s proposal to be so intrusive and unnecessary that in the event it becomes law, they are prepared to leave the UK and conduct business elsewhere. A few companies have already made the move out of London, which is a hotbed for technology and communication. This is because the new law would mandate companies that offer security related services like encryption and virtual private networks to provide a backdoor to government agencies and allow them access to those communications.
Without doubt, the evolution of technology has made it increasingly difficult for governments to be responsive to possible terrorist threats. Consequently, governments across the globe are struggling to balance the rights of individuals with the need to provide adequate protection for citizens. Nonetheless, rather than creating backdoors, which terrorists can find and exploit, government agencies should aim to improve traditional Intel practices.
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