2016 has, so far, been a year of marked tension between the technology industry and the law enforcement community.
While issues of personal security and data privacy have been a huge topic of public discussion since Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which governments spy on their own citizens, in the last few months the battle lines have truly been drawn in the sand – and the fight, it seems, is a fight for the future of encryption.
Since January, Apple have taken a respectably strong stance against encryption backdoors and enforced decryption, even standing their ground in the face of the largest law enforcement agencies in the world. While governments and law enforcement authorities claim that encryption prevents them from catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks, Apple and other tech giants understandably express concern over any requests to hand over the keys to their users’ data. The slippery slope analogy rears its head in these discussions; if we give law enforcement the right, and the ability, to decrypt one person’s phone and access their information, what’s to stop them doing it to everyone else?
Encryption not only keeps your online activity safe from prying eyes – it also helps protect you from hackers, keeps your personal and financial information safe, and maintains something that should be yours by right: Your personal privacy. In a world where everyone wants to see what you’re doing, and Big Data means Big Money, maintaining your privacy is more important than ever before.
That’s why it’s commendable that Apple are not only standing up against data requests, but are also committing to improving the security of their devices. And they’re not the only ones; WhatsApp now offers end-to-end encryption on its messaging service, and this week Viber also joined the group of companies doubling down on security for the sake of their users.
Here at SurfEasy, we’re thrilled to see the tech industry take a strong stance on this issue. We believe in the privacy of our users, and we believe that encryption is one of the most important tools in maintaining that privacy. As well as being a no-log network, we allow you to pay for our service via BitPay, so you can keep your financial information safe, and our new torrent protection allows you to file share without sacrificing your online security. We have invested heavily in “privacy by design”, and we continue to work hard to ensure that our VPN security stays ahead of the curve.
In short, we stand with Apple, and we’ll continue to stand up for privacy.