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Apple, Spies and Surveillance

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Tim Cook says Apple will resist the new UK Spying Law

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says his company will resist the British government's efforts to get access to encrypted data through a new spying law.

Last week, Britain published a draft law that seeks to ensure telecoms companies "provide wider assistance to law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies in the interests of national security."

He said weaker encryption would be bad for online security, because "there's no such thing as a back door for the good guys only."

Huffington Post

UK politicians suggest fast-tracking new surveillance laws

Some politicians in the UK are calling for the government to hurry new surveillance laws into power following deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. Lord Carlile, a former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said that the Investigatory Powers Bill — which was unveiled in draft form two weeks ago — should be "expedited" and put into action "as soon as possible," rather than by the end of 2016.

The UK prime minister David Cameron expressed similar concerns on BBC radio this morning, saying that the government should "look at the timetable" of the legislation. He also announced that the UK would hire 1,900 new security and intelligence staff at MI5, MI6, and GCHQ (an increase of 15 percent) in order to "respond to the increasing international terrorist threat."

The Verge

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