Apple Submits Written Statement Opposing the UK's Proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple Submits Written Statement Opposing the UK's Proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

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Apple has submitted a written statement in opposition of the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill would force companies including Apple to keep an encryption key to services such as iMessage and FaceTime.

As we've mentioned before, establishing a backdoor for the "good guys" would also create a backdoor for the "bad guys".

Here's Apple's argument against the bill...

The bill threatens to hurt law-abiding citizens in its effort to combat the few bad actors who have a variety of ways to carry out their attacks. The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.

Some have asserted that, given the expertise of technology companies, they should be able to construct a system that keeps the data of nearly all users secure but still allows the data of very few users to be read covertly when a proper warrant is served. But the Government does not know in advance which individuals will become targets of investigation, so the encryption system necessarily would need to be compromised for everyone.

The best minds in the world cannot rewrite the laws of mathematics. Any process that weakens the mathematical models that protect user data will by extension weaken the protection. And recent history is littered with cases of attackers successfully implementing exploits that nearly all experts either remained unaware of or viewed as merely theoretical.

The bill would attempt to force non-UK companies to take actions that violate the laws of their home countries. This would immobilise substantial portions of the tech sector and spark serious international conflicts. It would also likely be the catalyst for other countries to enact similar laws, paralysing multinational corporations under the weight of what could be dozens or hundreds of contradictory country-specific laws.

Those businesses affected will have to cope with a set of overlapping foreign and domestic laws. When these laws inevitably conflict, the businesses will be left having to arbitrate between them, knowing that in doing so they might risk sanctions. That is an unreasonable position to be placed in.

If the UK asserts jurisdiction over Irish or American businesses, other states will too. We know that the IP bill process is being watched closely by other countries. For the consumer in, say, Germany, this might represent hacking of their data by an Irish business on behalf of the UK state under a bulk warrant – activity which the provider is not even allowed to confirm or deny. Maintaining trust in such circumstances will be extremely difficult.”

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Apple Submits Written Statement Opposing the UK's Proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

TechnoGeek - December 26, 2015 at 8:32pm
Taking out the privacy of all citizen to assist the government on a few citizen is an absolute moronic communist mentality.
ILLuises - December 22, 2015 at 7:00pm
There is no such thing as innocence for anyone as It relates to privacy. There will be a message, a, email, a photo, a video,a call, your Facebook account, something that you don't want anyone else to ever see but yourself. Now if that is breached by regulated or non regulated law members your privacy is still breached. Be reminded that behind titles behind governments behind the cia one variable is constant. All humans. Thus all flawed by some degree.
JollySonX - December 22, 2015 at 10:19am
The innocent have nothing to fear. That's a weight of my mind, hang on. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Mr. Magoo - December 22, 2015 at 2:09pm
Your statement goes both ways.
I'm Innocent - December 22, 2015 at 5:02pm
So you don't mind if I post online, for everyone to see, your photos, text messages and bank accounts, right Mr. Clean? In your eyes, even though I'm innocent, I'm guilty of being concerned by my privacy... So be it and thank God you're not a judge!
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