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We need a tech-savvy Home Secretary

Regulars | By Matthew Webster | July 2017


'Given that he or she will oversee our anti-terrorism efforts, let's hope that it is someone with a better grasp than the current one' says Matthew Webster

Goodness knows who will be Home Secretary after the election. Given that he or she will oversee our anti-terrorism efforts, let’s hope that it is someone with a better grasp of how the internet works than the current one, Amber Rudd.  To judge by the very confused understanding she showed after the awful Westminster attack in March, her grasp is pretty weak. I wasn’t going mention it, but talking to some friends in the village since then has revealed many similar misconceptions. So perhaps I should. One neighbour, a distinguished retired diplomat, told me that, as his telephone number is ex-directory, his laptop could not be breached by hackers. A consultant surgeon said that, as he uses Google, all his internet activities are private and untraceable.  This is all nonsense, of course, as I imagine readers of this column will already know, but I don’t blame my friends; they are...

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