Spooky Blue­tooth

The Saturday Paper - - Diary -

The lat­est and most ex­cit­ing piece of over­ramped se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion to come our way is the be­nignly named As­sis­tance and Ac­cess Bill. It gives Con­sta­ble Plod and the spooks the power to get in­side your mo­bile phone and, even bet­ter, smart speak­ers and cam­eras in pri­vate homes.

If this bill goes through, you can be mon­i­tored by Ben­ito Dut­ton if he thinks you might be com­mit­ting a crime or even a civil of­fence.

Fur­ther, it will per­mit au­thor­i­ties to de­mand tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies give them ac­cess to al­most any de­vice or ser­vice that trans­mits in­for­ma­tion over the in­ter­net.

The United Na­tions Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Pri­vacy, Pro­fes­sor

Joseph Can­nat­aci, has crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment’s anti-en­cryp­tion leg­is­la­tion, de­scrib­ing it as “fa­tally flawed”. Among other things, it has the po­ten­tial to make us less safe be­cause it will in­tro­duce vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties into the cy­ber­se­cu­rity of all de­vices.

As for rep­tiles of the me­dia, it will be im­pos­si­ble to pro­tect the iden­tity of a se­cret source, un­less we re­vert to con­nect­ing through the post or by car­rier pi­geon, or hang­ing about in un­der­ground car parks in dark shades.

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