The Investigatory Powers Act, or Snoopers' Charter, is "the most extreme surveillance regime of any democracy in history" according to Liberty NGO, who's mounting a legal challenge to the bill.
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Both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have passed the 'Snooper's charter'. Now it only needs to be signed off by the Queen. The law allows for warrantless surveillance by ISPs.
The UK government has finally admitted that the wide-ranging powers over the digital world given to it by the Snooper's Charter would allow it to force companies into banning strong encryption.
The UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill would make companies like Apple provide a backdoor in their products. To make things worse, the companies who do this would be subject to a gagging clause.
Smartphone manufacturers face potentially massive fines if they do not decrypt or unlock phones when requested by law enforcement authorities under a proposed bill in New York state.
Apple has responded to the UK government's draft surveillance bill, 'Investigatory Powers Bill'. It details concerns that Apple has over the proposed legislation.