British government is planning new spionagewet known




The British government has published plans for the new spionagewet. The text does not speak directly of an encryption ban, which in recent days on speculation. However, the proposal contains a number of new powers.

Now the plans for the British spionagewet ie Investigatory Powers Bill announced his, it was expected more clarity on issues which the British have recently occupied. However, the proposal leaves room for interpretation. The chapter dealing with Communication Service Providers or CSPs, states that no new demands are made ​​on these service providers when it comes to encryption. It builds on an already existing law. It is unclear how CSPs are obliged to cooperate in removing encryption.

Well there is a new requirement created to ‘cooperate’ with equipment interference. This means that they should help as security forces and police to remotely access to download a device and its contents. The bill applies to all companies offering services in the UK or deploy communications systems. It is unclear whether companies can claim that such access is impossible, as Apple makes the encryption of iOS devices. It is not known what the penalties are for not providing access.

Other powers in the proposal keeping in accordance with the Independent that the government can see when citizens what sites visited and what applications are used. These are not to metadata and content data. The retention period is set at one year.


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