Encryption and the apparent contradiction between security and privacy

Outgoing Minister Grapperhaus (Ministry of Justice & Security) is in talks with various organizations that criticize his plans to weaken encryption of services such as iMessage and WhatsApp. He writes this in a letter to the Tweede Kamer (Dutch House of Representatives). Worldwide, there is an increasing pressure from governments to make such services interceptible, on the grounds that they can use them to track down criminals and terrorists. By the government, but also through media portrayal, privacy is contrasted with security: we have to give up some of our privacy for more safety. But is this contradiction justified?

Read the article in Dutch here