The UK government is pushing ahead with plans to update surveillance laws, despite criticism from privacy activists, communications firms and three parliamentary committees.
Earlier today, the Home Office published the latest version of its Investigatory Powers Bill, nicknamed the “snooper’s charter”, which had been released in draft form last November. “The revised bill is both clearer and stronger in protecting privacy,” said home secretary Theresa May.
The latest version attempts to clarify that a company will only be forced to remove “electronic protections”, such as encryption, that it has applied to users’ messages when it is “technically feasible” to do so. The earlier version suggested firms could be required to decrypt messages for which they do not have a key, which, of course, is impossible.
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