Interview: Investigatory Powers Act and users’ privacy, with Dr Keith Spiller

Last week (04.05.17), the Open Rights Group informed that the government has started consulting for technical capabilities notices regulation for the Investigatory Powers act. If the proposed changes to the technical notices from the older version of RIPA 2000, become law, it will mean the government services, intelligence agencies, and numerous authorities would have access to users’ personal and communications data, available in near real-time.

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Some of the provisions of the technical paper include:

  • Removal of end-to-end encryption on content
  • Telecoms and ISPs required to provide data within one working day
  • Companies should respond to the requirements of such notices in secret, without the consent of the public
  • Some ISPs may be required to install equipment to facilitate interception
  • The  communications interception warrants must be approved by a juridical commissioner and issued by the Secretary of State

@privacytimes got in touch with Dr. Keith Spiller, a lecturer in Criminology at BCU, to find out more about his views. Dr. Spiller teaches and researches in the areas of surveillance, privacy & control, and data protection.







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