Apple Says Government's Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Will Aid Criminals

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Apple doesn’t look like it wants to give up its role as people's champion of data privacy anytime soon, with the company this week slamming the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill. Though it was unveiled at the beginning of November, this is the first time Apple has directly addressed it.

Tim Cook and co say the government’s proposed snooping permissions, whereby all internet service providers would be forced to retain a log of all customers’ internet usage for 12 months, and everything you do online would be accessible by the security services and police. Every email we receive, tweet we read, link we click and picture we send would all be logged. That's a lot of information.

Apple’s not convinced with the severity of these measures, and is particularly unhappy with the government’s stance on encryption. If the bill goes through as it stands in February, companies will be required to hand our data over to the government with encryption removed.

"Strong encryption is vital to protecting people from malicious actors," wrote Apple. "This bill threatens to hurt law-abiding citizens in its effort to combat the very few bad actors who have a variety of ways to carry out their attacks. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple's ability to give law enforcement metadata or other categories of data … the information Apple and other companies provide helps catch criminals and save lives."

BlackBerry last week inadvertently offered a great reason to buy an iPhone, slamming Apple's refusal to unlock an iPhone under the ownership of an alleged criminal. [Sky News]

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