According to a draft leaked recently, the British government is seeking to have laws passed for it to be able to have real time access to individuals within one working day.
Included as part of the controversial Investigatory Powers Act, digital freedom campaigner’s Open Right Group released the document showing that the sought power by the government could be made law.
‘Secondary data’ relating to any suspect would also have to be handed over.
Jim Killock, Open Right Groups director explained the reason behind publishing these documents named white papers. He referred to the fact that the citizens have the right to know how much privacy they have in their using technological gadgets:
The public has a right to know about government powers that could put their privacy and security at risk.
The plans can also make ways for the hackers to have facilitated access to the private data of the mass public. Currently, only one in 10,000 users can be spied on by the security forces at one time. The controlling of the information has been decided to occur in secret as the Investigatory Powers Act allows.
In a talk with BBC, Dr. Cian Murphy accused the home office of the decision to invade the privacies of citizens and remove the encryptions by the aide of Internet Service Providers (ISP) and phone networks. The expert at University of Bristol also adds:
It seems very clear that the Home Office intends to use these to remove end-to-end encryption – or more accurately to require tech companies to remove it. I do read the regulations as the Home Office wanting to be able to have near real-time access to web chat and other forms of communication.
The home office rejected the accusations about expanding Investigatory Powers Act to boost government powers. Evidences, however, show that the consultations with ISP and network officials is going to end on May 19.
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