Gap closes between secret intelligence and "open source" information


In 2016 Jonathan Evans, the former head of Britain's MI5 warned that private firms are analysing "open source" - that is, publicly posted - information to create profiles that are just as intrusive as anything Britain's intelligence agencies deploy and that the gap is closing between open information and secret intelligence. Evans suggested that, compared to telephone companies and banks, giant internet firms were failing in their "moral duty" to protect their users. He drew the line at weakening encryption, but thought that technology companies could be persuaded to collaborate with law enforcement agents by providing a key to help them gain access.

Writer: Martin Bentham
Publication: Evening Standard

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