The paper, first reported by The Register, also states that technology companies would be required to remove encryption from private communications and provide the raw data “in an intelligible form” without “electronic protection”.
If made law, the capabilities would come under the controversial Investigatory Powers (IP) Act, dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter” by critics. According to the act, the access would have to be sanctioned by secretaries of state and a judge appointed by the prime minister. Telecoms firms would be forced to carry out the requirements in secret, leaving the public unaware that access had been given.
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Whilst I’m sceptical that we have any true privacy (for example, I suspect but can’t prove that every Intel processor carries a backdoor for the total monitoring of every PC user using an Intel processor), this kind of change is one more step down the path to complete monitoring and then control of everything we do in our daily lives.
The thought police and the pre-crime regime of the movie Minority Report are not far behind.
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