The Investigatory Powers Bill is set to help the government regulate private numbers to find terrorists in the country before they can act. However, Apple and other technology companies fear that the IPB can be abused as it introduces artificial backdoors that would compromise the privacy of billions of law-abiding citizens.
Truth be told, Apple is right about this. Its messaging app uses an algorithm that only translates encryptions between the sender and the receiver, leaving even Apple out of the loop of the message.
“The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.”
Giving security services the authority to hack into international computers will allow communications firms to provide hacking aids. This is a breach of contract between the communication firm and their customers, who they swore by contract to protect the privacy.
Analysis shows this can result to an illusion of privacy and a series of lawsuits against communications companies should the bill be passed. Trust can be an issue and economic technological growth can be hampered as it allows extraordinary privacy penetrating measures.