Major Companies Openly Condemn GCHQ Proposal for Ghost Protocol: Letter Signed to Oppose It

Cybersecurity has become much of a threat in recent years. Take the wiki-leaks incident, for example. In a fortnight, so many people, their assets, though illegal or otherwise, were exposed to the world. Perhaps then we turn over to the 2014 incident of iCloud data coming out in the open. Since then, all major companies have taken over to deal with this. They have introduced new, end to end encryption protocols.

Companies like Blackberry have included further security measures, encrypting their data, making it a digitally secure vault. On the other hand though, due to these leaks and the increased level of terrorism, Governments all around the world are trying to include themselves into the circle, trying to avoid mishaps and catch people who might be involved in these activities.

Recently the British Government, with their intelligence service, proposed a surveillance protocol to look over these possible threats. This GCHQ proposal is quite opposed, obviously. Today, we see in an article by TechCrunch which signifies that companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and even societies devoted to privacy are openly signing a letter going against the proposal.

Perhaps, there are two sides to the argument. The government wishes to install a ghost protocol where all conversations would have a representative from their side. This representative would not participate but would be able to see everything that goes on in the conversation, with the government keeping tabs on everyone. There are claims that for cellular texts or calls, the government can already keep tabs on the users.

Meanwhile, on the other side, these companies signing the letter are claiming that if they allow this intrusion then the concept of privacy would be dismantled. Not only that, human rights activists believe that no urgency can mean an intrusion of this level. Not only that, developers say that it isn’t that easy to implement either. If let’s say, they had agreed to the proposal, it would not be easy to target each individual with the ghost protocol. Not only that, it would take years to develop, which renders the urgency quite unnecessary.


Sarmad Burki

Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.