Monday, 30 November 2015
Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Select Committee
This is a lot of questions to the "witnesses" and they give answers.
Now, a lot of the answers make sense, but it is not clear that the answers have to actually reflect the bill. They answer saying how things will be done or what processes are in place, even when the actually wording of the bill may not match what they say - as far as I can see. They could waffle and that would be it. Maybe I do not understand the process.
I was rather concerned over the questions regarding encryption. Basically the bill says, in the explanatory notes, that RIPA already requires a CSP may be required to be "maintaining the ability to remove any encryption applied by the CSP to whom the notice relates".
This is a big problem - and iMessage is a very good example - someone asked many times how this tackles iMessage and the fact it is end-to-end encryption. The responses were waffle and somewhat contradictory (the classic "encryption in important" and "we much have a way to view terrorists communications" dilemma).
The question that needs to be clearly asked is "will you ban Apple operating iMessage with end-to-end encryption" and that is key.
I need to track down the clauses in the bill and RIPA.