Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Nov 2015 21:09 UTC
Internet & Networking

British re-elected prime-minister Cameron is continuing his life's mission of invading the British people's privacy and severely restricting their freedoms.

Internet and social media companies will be banned from putting customer communications beyond their own reach under new laws to be unveiled on Wednesday.

Companies such as Apple, Google and others will no longer be able to offer encryption so advanced that even they cannot decipher it when asked to, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Measures in the Investigatory Powers Bill will place in law a requirement on tech firms and service providers to be able to provide unencrypted communications to the police or spy agencies if requested through a warrant.

How on earth did you Brits manage to not only elect this dangerous man, but also re-elect him?

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Wiretap capability
by Alfman on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 07:10 UTC
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On its website, Apple promotes the fact that it has, for example, “no way to decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data when it’s in transit between devices”.

It adds: “So unlike other companies’ messaging services, Apple doesn’t scan your communications, and we wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if we wanted to.”

Hmm, are these old assertions? Not so long ago security researchers pointed out that apple actually did technically have a mechanism they could use to wiretap messages.

The imessage section taken from Apple's own security documentation confirms what the researchers found: apple tells devices what keys to use for encryption. In other words, the "end to end" encryption is supposed to be for your "friends", but one of those "ends" could actually be a wiretap imposed by a court order. Imessage does not reveal this, and unless I missed an announcement I don't think apple has denied it since the vulnerability came out.

Not that any of this really matters, the politicians don't understand encryption any more than the general public do. At a higher level though I find it troubling that government seeks to rule the people instead of the other way around...

Edited 2015-11-03 07:11 UTC

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RE: Wiretap capability
by ggeldenhuys on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 17:27 in reply to "Wiretap capability"
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At a higher level though I find it troubling that government seeks to rule the people instead of the other way around...

I can't agree more! They are supposed to work for us, not the other way round.

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