Apple take shots at Snooper's Charter

22 December 2015

spy spying Even though Apple have been accused of helping governments to spy on people through special software, that's not stopped them from having a pop at the Government's proposed new surveillance legislation (or, Snooper's Charter).

In response to the Investigatory Powers Bill, Apple have said that the "bill will put law-abiding citizens at risk - not the criminals, hackers and terrorists. The fact is to comply with the Government's proposal, the personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens would be less secure."

If you're bored or confused at the mere mention of this, let us give you the vaguest of ideas of what it is - basically, the Government want to lump all surveillance powers up to date, which means tech companies won't be able to encrypt your messages... so people can spy on them if needed.

Now, of course, some people say they've got nothing to hide and are happy for this to happen, as it will help to catch terrorists and baddies. However, critics say that it won't catch nasty people, and will just let the powers that be listen in on absolutely everyone, which is sinister.

In addition to that, if you weaken encryption, baddies might be able to exploit it, and do you really trust politicians with the keys to the internet's security? You shouldn't - they're almost entirely all idiots.

And so, to Apple, who said that they're not impressed with the bill's lack of clarity when it comes to the encryption of data. Of course, a number of messaging services use encryption to scramble you text, so no-one can look it who shouldn't be, including WhatsApp and Apple's very own iMessage service.

They said: "Strong encryption is vital to protecting people from malicious actors. Without strong defence, these attacks have the potential to impose chaos, and threaten our way of life, economic stability and infrastructure."

"This bill threatens to hurt law-abiding citizens in its effort to combat the very few bad actors who have a variety of ways to carry out their attacks. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple's ability to give law enforcement metadata or other categories of data … the information Apple and other companies provide helps catch criminals and save lives."

The Investigatory Powers Bill joint select committee has until 11th February to go over proposed legislation and the like. Most tech companies are very critical of plans to weaken encryption. Of course, the tech companies themselves aren't always doing nice things with your personal data... so who do you trust?

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

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