Talk about a major step backwards! The Telegraph is reporting that the UK Government is going to ban companies from offering ‘unbreakable’ encryption, effectively requiring a backdoor in products from the likes of Google and Apple. 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. Indeed, encryption has an important role in the protection of legitimate online activity such as banking and personal data.
The reasons given are that they don’t want terrorists and pedophiles to communicate in places the police can’t reach. Of course, that also blocks privacy for battered wives, government and corporate whistle blowers, banks, or anyone who wants to maintain their own privacy. If the UK police can read your private communications, so can hackers, identity thieves, and foreign governments.
You can read more in an article by Tom Whitehead in The Telegraph at http://goo.gl/m8pmV9.