Why tech companies are really worried about the snooper’s charter

Why tech companies are really worried about the snooper’s charter
By Alex Hern

Slipped into the new investigatory powers bill is a law that could spell the end of encrypted services such as WhatsApp and iMessage.

Technology firms could be forced into a no-win situation if the UK government’s investigatory powers bill passes without substantial changes from its current draft form.

The legislation includes a number of clauses which are scaring technology firms. Under the proposals they can be required to provide assistance to the government to hack their own users; they can be mandated to open their networks up to bulk interception of data; and they can be required to modify their technologies to make the interception of data easier, even to the extent of removing “electronic protections” applied to them.

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November 10, 2015 at 10:04AM
via Technology | The Guardian http://ift.tt/1PzvZRI

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