Encrypted communications will be backdoored or banned in the UK if the Conservatives win the next election, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged. The UK government has always had the power, “in extremis,” to read Brits' personal post and eavesdrop on electronic chatter, he repeatedly insisted on Monday in a speech to the party faithful in Nottingham.
It was vital, he said, that the UK government maintained those powers, and there’s no need to worry about abuse of power – because each spying order would have to be personally signed off by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
"We have a better system for safeguarding this very intrusive power than probably any other country I can think of," Cameron said during a PR offensive to upgrade the government’s abilities to put the populace under total surveillance after the General Election on or before May 7.
Well...good luck with that...