Tech Giant Apple calls on UK government to scale back snooper’s charter

The world’s biggest company, Apple, says changes to the UK government’s investigatory powers bill would weaken the security of the “personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens”. The Californian technology firm expressed major concerns on Monday in a submission to the bill committee, calling for wholesale changes prior to the bill being passed. Weakening security for all users An Apple spokesperson said “We believe it would be wrong to weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers so that it will also be weaker for the very few who pose a threat,” they also went on to say “In this rapidly evolving cyber-threat environment, companies should remain free to implement strong encryption to protect customers” The UK’s investigatory powers bill was presented to the House of Commons by Theresa May, the home secretary, in November. It is currently at the committee stage prior to becoming law. Easier Snooping for the authorities Apple highlighted the main parts of the new bill that it wants changing. They explained to the committee that certain passages of the bill would give the government the power to demand organisations, such as Apple, alter the way their products work. For Apple in particular, this wouldClick Me For More Details… […]

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