Apart from communications with my banks, I don't use encryption, though I have experimented with it a little bit. I know of old that if the security or intelligence agencies want to access such information then they can. All encrypted communications are recorded until they are deciphered...as policy. All TOR communications, from going to the website, downloading and installing, as well as using are monitored. Wouldn't you, if your mission put you in charge of the safety security and intelligence on behalf of the people and government? It's a bit naive to think otherwise, in my humble opinion.
When using the internet, one has to access it at some point, and that is generally through an ISP and an i.p. address, the same thing occurs when one receives a communication. It doesn't matter whether it is a phone, or a laptop, even a wireless connection. As soon as one goes onto the internet then the activity is recorded, if not acknowledged. Those are the weakest points in my view. When one boils a kettle one knows where the energy comes from, one knows that the kettle is a container, and, though one may not know exactly where the bubbles arise when the container boils, one knows when it will boil, the length of time it takes to boil and one can record the degree of entropy and the physical emergence of the bubbles of gas into the liquid topography. Doesn't take a lot to find out the cause and effect.
Studying the materials at Bletchley Park methods are still of much relevance in my view. see url:
From recent utterings by various personalities, political leaders and senior officers of agencies involved in the collection of information and its analysis, they aren't about to stop any time soon, and I cannot see a situation in the near future where personal privacy and security are going to improve. The safety of the system compared with the privacy and security of the individual is deemed more important, though they would say that they are protecting both. The fear and the pressure is too great for all information, all data not to be collected so that governments aren't taken by surprise. We also know of course, that governments, more often than not, often do get taken by surprise, even when the information is presented to them on a plate...they don't believe it, much in the same way as analytical thinking can sometimes get in the way of truth and reality. Belief systems play a very important role, compared with evidence based, factual analysis, I have noticed.
Also, the temptation to go that one step further and to continue interfering in the natural processes of historical development in the name of anti-communism, anti-Cuba, anti-Sovietism and now anti-Russia and anti-China and anti Islam and pro western democratic belief systems means, just like that "Inside the CIA" book of the 1970's about Latin America, the world of international politics will remain a morass and a jungle, with the rule of law, international, or national, playing little role, with plots and plants blowing up in the faces of the perpetrators as well as destroying the lives of the innocent. Did the US intervention in Latin America change the course of history? Did it save the world from Communism and bring about human rights and democracy to the peoples of the world? Did it leave the people of the United States in a better world economic, political and sociological and cultural position in the world of today...who knows. Hollywood has all the answers.
Just a few thoughts on the current developments. ATB Dougie.