The UK government is pushing the passage of Investigatory Powers Bill to Parliament to prevent tech companies from offering unbreakable encryption for its customers. The bill states that encryption system must not be so advanced that it will be difficult even for the companies to decipher messages between and among customers. Tech companies affected by the proposed law include Apple and Google which will be forced to provide encryption that can be easily deciphered if the need arises.
As a consequence, this means that social media companies will be prohibited from offering customer communications that are beyond their capacity to break in which are common to some tech companies already. Prime Minister David Cameroon wants to convince MPs that the proposed law is a surveillance measure designed to detect or identify terrorists but some ministers argue that banning full or total encryption should not apply to legitimate online businesses such as banks.
Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage data messaging services, which prevents decryption, will also be affected and the company is still mum on how to respond although the law is yet forthcoming. Other features of the bill include retention of internet companies’ web browsing history for at least a year. The concern of tech companies is the law’s effect on their reputations since they have consistently offered protection services to online users since the time encryption evolved.
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