Saturday, 13 February 2016

Properly clarify status of encryption in The Investigatory Powers Bill

I have tried to make the wording clearer and once again try a petition on this.

Sign here: Petition 121521

This is the wording now:-

Properly clarify status of encryption in The Investigatory Powers Bill

The draft bill suggests that communications providers may have to remove "protection". The joint committee says the bill should make clear that this be only where technically practicable. This does not quite go far enough. We need a clear statement allowing CPs to offer secure communications.

The bill MUST make clear that CPs can offer secure communications which cannot be read or intercepted even with a warrant or with an intercept order or order to maintain an intercept capability.

Without this people (in UK and overseas) cannot trust CPs offering secure communications, and trust is essential in this industry. 

Even as worded now, the bill allows criminals to communicate using own encryption, so that battle is lost. We need to allow non-criminals the same benefit using CP services

Contrary to last time the petition was published in a day, on a Sunday! Do sign...

Sign here:


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    1. Interesting, they allowed 18 to sign before they blocked the sponsor link.

  2. I see that Apple have publically put themselves on the side of the sane:

    With any luck now the maker of the most shiny toys has spelled it out, the powers that be might be forced to actually listen.