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Key W3C Web Standards May Become Illegal in the UK

Leading web technology experts have expressed concern that a significant World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification will become illegal in the United Kingdom under the Investigatory Powers Bill. Jake Archibald, Developer Advocate working at Google, has identified...

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Iran Looks To Block Telegram Messenger Service

Iran’s Internet filtering committee is to meet next week to decide on measures to prevent access to the popular Telegram instant messaging mobile application. An Iranian Student’s News Agency report dated 3 November 2015 states that the majority...

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The UK Must Petition the Government on Encryption

American tech companies including Apple and Google alongside leading cryptologists today announced that they are urging the US presidency to reject proposals to weaken or disable strong cryptographic security found on smartphones and other communication...

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The Risks and Costs of UK Escrow Policy

Professor Ross Anderson of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, renowned expert on cryptology and information security policy, authored this insightful review of escrow regulation proposals in 1999. Key excerpts from his written evidence submitted...

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MPs, lawyers and journalists call for exemption from RIPA powers

The Guardian is reporting that MPs, lawyers and journalists have called for special exemptions from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa). Critics of May’s safeguards fear that the police will still have sweeping powers allowing...

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Where do UK Parties Stand on Digital Privacy?

The Conservative Party David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he pledged to eliminate “safe spaces” on the internet. But do his backbenchers share those views? Liberal Democrats...

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5 ways encryption will be regulated in the UK

With all the attention going to David Cameron’s pledge to banish “private spaces” from the internet, there’s been surprisingly little discussion about how such measures might actually be implemented.   Escrow RJA       Instant...

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PEN writers group concerned over curtailment of rights to use encryption

PEN International states: Equally worrying, certain Governments are using the Charlie Hebdo attack to justify further curtailments on free speech through the expansion of surveillance and anti-terror legislation. Less than 24 hours after the...