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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james_gnz
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2006-02-16

they are not actually banning encryption.
Encryption any idiot inside the company and the government has access to is not encryption at all. It's like a lock to which every criminal has a key.

So yes, they are effectively banning encryption.
I'm not sure if this Nicholas' point, but my reading of the article is that they're planning to ban companies from offering effective encryption of communication via their servers. If this is the case, then besides companies being allowed to offer ineffective encryption through their servers, individuals would still be allowed to use effective peer-to-peer encryption.

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jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

individuals would still be allowed to use effective peer-to-peer encryption.

Sure, but how many average joes would be willing or able to do that? Your mail, messaging etc. should all be safe from government prying *out of the box*.

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grat Member since:
2006-02-02

"individuals would still be allowed to use effective peer-to-peer encryption.

Sure, but how many average joes would be willing or able to do that? Your mail, messaging etc. should all be safe from government prying *out of the box*.
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Pretty much every single group that the government is claiming this will help to track.

If you outlaw non-reversible encryption, only outlaws will have non-reversible encryption.

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james_gnz Member since:
2006-02-16

Sure, but how many average joes would be willing or able to do that? Your mail, messaging etc. should all be safe from government prying *out of the box*.

I don't disagree with that. I was only saying that, from my reading of the article, I don't think the proposal is for a blanket ban on effective encryption, as I think Thom took it to be.

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