Apple raises concerns over UK’s draft surveillance bill

The Conservative Party’s plan to monitor your every communication has been dealt another body-blow.

It seems the major software and social media corporations have pointed out that any UK legislation must not conflict with the laws of other nations – nations that are almost certain to have less restrictive laws than are planned by Theresa May’s thought police.

Apple has raised concerns about the UK’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

It focuses on three issues: encryption, the possibility of having to hack its own products, and the precedent it would set by agreeing to comply with UK-issued warrants.

The BBC has also learned that Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter have also filed their own responses to the committee, which will publish the details in due course.

None of the companies have disclosed what they have said.

However, a spokesman for Microsoft commented: “The legislation must avoid conflicts with the laws of other nations and contribute to a system where like-minded governments work together, not in competition, to keep people more secure. We appreciate the government’s willingness to engage in an open debate and will continue to advocate for a system that is workable on a global basis.”

The Home Secretary Theresa May said in November that the new law was needed to fight crime and terror.

Source: Apple raises concerns over UK’s draft surveillance bill – BBC News

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  1. joanna December 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve just spotted this, though you have probably already seen it.

  2. AndyH December 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    They can’t ignore their bosses!

  3. sasson1 December 25, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    It will be a big headache for Apple. Their phone messaging has built in encryption as standard, unlike the android phones whereby almost every single app has ‘permissions’ to read your text, record sound, and can film you!

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