Investigatory Powers Act - Government mandated backdoors
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Mon Dec 5 07:49:08 GMT 2016
In article <f8ceebc9-5da2-792f-0240-70b22db384c5 at zen.co.uk>, Peter
Fairbrother <zenadsl6186 at zen.co.uk> writes
>Subsection 262 (13) “Telecommunication system” means a system [..]
>that exists [..] for the purpose of facilitating the transmission of
>A typical website, perhaps with shopping facilities? Is the purpose of
>that to get shopping orders, or to facilitate the transmission of
>communication of shopping orders?
There's an invisible "primary" in front of "purpose", because virtually
everything has more than one purpose. The subsection above is
channelling a subsection of RIPA which was introduced at the behest of
the banks to quell fears that they could have to install permanent
intercept capability if their online banking apps had a "message us"
> would [definitions in the Act] include Apple, Facebook, Twitter etc?
Those companies would have to ask the Home Office (I'm sure they will
have done) at some point earlier this year, and if unhappy with the
answer could have lobbied for amendments (afaict they didn't); and if
any warrants to install the intercept capability turn up, that they
don't agree with, then their reassuringly expensive lawyers will no
doubt invoke the various appeals processes.
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