As Britain continues to debate its revised Investigatory Powers bill, which opponents deride as the “snoopers’ charter,” it seems increasingly evident that Prime Minister David Cameron is lockstep with many US law enforcement officials when it comes to the encryption debate.
While Mr. Cameron’s government claims that the bill doesn’t mandate so-called “backdoors” into encryption on consumer devices, the bill suggests otherwise. It currently states that communication service providers must maintain the capability to remove “electronic protection” they apply to protect communications or data.
Sounds familiar, right? FBI Director James Comey recently testified that the FBI is working with the tech sector (which has publicly opposed weakening encryption standards) to find ways to decrypt communications so that investigators can more easily access it during criminal or terrorist investigations.