The U.K. Parliament is close to passing the Online Safety Bill, which threatens global privacy by allowing backdoors into messaging services, compromising end-to-end encryption. Despite objections, no amendments were accepted. The bill also includes content filtering and surveillance measures. There’s still a chance for lawmakers to protect privacy with an amendment preserving encryption. A recent survey shows the majority of U.K. citizens want strong privacy on messaging apps.

  • Scrubbles
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    797 months ago

    People glady give up privacy under the guise of helping children, while nothing is actually done to protect children. More at 11.

    • @SpunkyBarnes@geddit.social
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      647 months ago

      Actually, politicians give up public privacy under the fiction of helping children, repeatedly.

      I cringe every time “online” and “children” are uttered in the same breath.

      • Scrubbles
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        177 months ago

        Which really sucks because us in tech know there’s more that we could be doing for sure, but politicians/big tech would rather grandstand with these BS policies that get the masses to agree, while giving up freedom, and not actually solving any problems.

    • sub_o
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      137 months ago

      Indeed, Prince Andrew is still roaming around Pizza Express in Woking.

      I’m expecting this weakening of encryption / surveillance is to protect rich people by preemptively punishing dissidents who are organizing against them. It’s the step that authoritarian countries like China, Saudi, etc have been using against their own people, either with sweeping regulations, or just straight up buying pegasus spyware.