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U.K. Bill Aims To Limit Use Of Encryption

Members of British government taking a stab what members of American government have also been attempting to push through.

Tomorrow, a bill limiting the use of encryption will be presented in the U.K.'s Parliament. The Investigatory Powers Bill would prohibit technology firms and cloud service providers -- like Apple and Google -- from allowing customers to encrypt data in a way that makes it impossible for the company itself to decrypt the data.

The bill would also require Internet companies to store customers' Web browsing history for up to one year. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that law enforcement can access evidence on criminals and terrorists, who U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said (according to The Telegraph) must not be given a "safe space" online.

Prime Minister Cameron's comments are similar to statements made by Dan Conley, district attorney of Suffolk County, Massachusetts at a Congressional hearing earlier this year stating "what Apple and Google are doing is dangerous and should not be allowed to continue."

Nevertheless, efforts to limit encryption have met resistance in the U.S. -- even from others in government -- and, according to The Telegraph, the Investigatory Powers Bill "is expected to face a tough route through parliament."

See the full story at The Telegraph