Twitter could be charged with criminal offence if it tips you about Government snoops

The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is already under a great deal of fire for its deterrent effects on cyber security and two-ended encryption being practiced by large organisations that hold confidential customer data in the millions, but a recent twist has made it even tougher for corporations to safeguard your online activities from Government snoops.

The proposed law just went through an update which has made it illegal for corporations to tip off users if government agencies make enquiries or try to monitor their activities. Such an offense may land up the heads of such corporations in prison for up to two years. The corporations will be able to escape prison only if the government expressly allows them to inform users about ongoing investigations on their accounts.

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"While in many cases it would be detrimental to the investigation if a communication service provider notified the subject of an investigation that a request for their data had been made, there are cases where this would not be the case. The legislation provides for communication service providers to notify the customer in such circumstances where the public authority is content for them to do so,” said a recent disclosure provision that will be added to the proposed law.

The new move seems to be a response to Twitter's policy of notifying users as soon as any government-sponsored hacking attempt takes place on their accounts. Earlier, this month, Twitter sent direct messages to several users whose social media accounts had come under surveillance.

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"It's possible your account may not have been an intended target of the suspected activity, but we wanted to alert you as soon as possible. We recognize that this may be of particular concern if you choose to Tweet using a pseudonym," said Twitter in the messages in question.

Twitter also suggested affected users to visit and take online security tips from the "Tor Project" or EFF's "Protecting Yourself on Social Networks."

Apple CEO Tim Cook was extraordinarily vocal against the Investigatory Powers Bill, threatening to quit doing business in the country rather than weakening Apple's encryption practices.

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"If you halt or weaken encryption, the people that you hurt are not the folks that want to do bad things. It’s the good people. The other people know where to go," he said in an interview to The Telegraph.

"We believe very strongly in end to end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails,” he added.

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