GCHQ director: Tor is a ‘brilliant invention’ that highlights the perils of encryption

GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan has described the anonymous Tor network as a “brilliant invention” but one that highlights the growing problem of encrypted services.

Hannigan gave a long speech at MIT covering many aspects of the current technology landscape, touching on encryption, surveillance and the balance between civil liberties and data access that agencies such as GCHQ have to strike.

Source: GCHQ director: Tor is a ‘brilliant invention’ that highlights the perils of encryption

NSA and Britain’s GCHQ Mapping “Political Alignments” of Millions of Smartphone Users Worldwide. | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

New information made public by Edward Snowden reveals that the governments of the United States and United Kingdom are trawling data from cellphone “apps” to accumulate dossiers on the “political alignments” of millions of smartphone users worldwide.

Source: NSA and Britain’s GCHQ Mapping “Political Alignments” of Millions of Smartphone Users Worldwide. | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Law enforcement versus Silicon Valley’s idle problem children • The Register

Year in review Tensions have been building for a while on the back of revelations from NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden but 2015 marked the outbreak of full-on hostilities between tech firms in Silicon Valley and Western governments.

Law enforcement and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to repeatedly complain that the web was “going dark” (a phrase first used by FBI chief James Comey) as the result of end-to-end encryption and that this was hampering the investigation of terrorism and other serious crimes.

Source: Law enforcement versus Silicon Valley’s idle problem children • The Register