UK Government Says the New Home Secretary Will Have Powers to Ban End-to-end Encryption

The UK government has never been happy when its citizens use encryption to keep their communications private. See my earlier articles at https://goo.gl/CD5yvc and at http://goo.gl/OwFv8w for examples of earlier attempts to ban encryption within the UK. The government has now revealed that the Investigatory Powers Bill will provide any Secretary of State with the ability to force communication service providers (CSPs) to remove or disable end-to-end encryption. Earl Howe, a Minister of State for Defence and the British government’s Deputy Leader in the House of Lords, gave the first explicit admission that the new legislation would provide the government with the ability to force CSPs (communication service providers) to “develop and maintain a technical capability to remove encryption that has been applied to communications or data”.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/dANzbf.

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