Privacy gets a boost as Information Commissioner attacks the Investigatory Powers Bill

The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is already a highly controversial subject thanks to the power it holds to destroy encryption of any kind. But in a new boost to those who hold privacy dear, the Information Commissioner's Office has now lashed out at the bill.

“The information commissioner has stressed the importance of encryption to guard against the compromise of personal information,” said the Office.

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“Weakening encryption can have significant consequences for individuals. The constant stream of security breaches only serves to highlight how important encryption is towards safeguarding personal information. Weakened encryption safeguards could be exploited by hackers and nation states intent on harming the UK’s interests,” it added.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, if passed, will arm the Government to hack into your device to copy files, track your passwords wherever you type them, obtain your call records and your device' location and also turn on your device' microphone to listen to what you're up to at any time they please.

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To add to this blatant breach of privacy, your internet service provider or your phone's network operator will also be prohibited from letting you know that the Government is seeking your records.

Back in December, Apple launched fresh protests against the proposed Bill, stating that additional surveillance powers with the authorities will undermine data encryption and the security of your personal data will thus be compromised.

'We believe it is wrong to weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers so that it will also be weaker for the very few who pose a threat,' said Apple.

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Apple has also said that the proposed law will sanction interference with its products, encourage other nations to bring in similar legislations and even force foreign firms to bypass the laws of their own country.

Apple's fresh comments followed a similar one from Tim Cook earlier last year. "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,” Cook added.

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  1. Guest
    Guest17th Jan 2016

    the government should not be allowed to look at your information.

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