The UK government is planning to push greater surveillance powers that would force internet providers to monitor communications in near-realtime and install backdoor equipment to break encryption, according to a leaked document. Provisions in proposals show that the government is asking for powers to compel internet providers to turn over the realtime communications of a person “in an intelligible form,” including encrypted content, within one working day. To that end, internet providers will be forced to introduce a backdoor point on their networks to allow intelligence agencies to read anyone’s communications. A draft of the proposed new surveillance powers, leaked on Thursday, is part of a “targeted consultation” into the Investigatory Powers Act, brought into law last year, which critics called the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy”.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet