Apple opposes UK's surveillance law revision ``It should be rejected because it causes security risks due to extraterritoriality''
Apple reacted to the proposed amendment to the Investigative Powers Act (IPA) proposed by the UK Home Office, and submitted a public comment requesting that the amendment be rejected as 'there is a concern that it threatens end-to-end encryption technology.'
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The proposed amendments to the IPA will require companies to notify the Home Office of any changes to security features related to personal information prior to the release of security updates. In addition, the amendment gives the Ministry of the Interior the power to withdraw the function, which will put security updates under the full supervision of the Ministry of the Interior.
Apple, who delved into these powers, said, ``Currently, in order for the Home Office to block the provision of new products and services that could affect the ability to access personal data, the Home Office must be reviewed by a supervisory authority.
Apple argues that this could prevent the Ministry of the Interior from making security updates for tech companies, which could clearly impede the development of security technologies, including end-to-end encryption. ``Companies will inevitably face the impossible choice of following the Ministry of the Interior or depriving users of security features around the world,'' Apple said.
In addition, the Home Office has proposed expanding the scope of extraterritorial application, but Apple said, ``IPA will be applied to providers around the world who have users in the UK, and the Home Office will exercise authority over tech companies around the world.
Apple said, ``If the amendments are applied, the security of companies that never create backdoors like Apple will be withdrawn from the UK market, depriving British users of protection.In addition, it will disrupt security technology around the world and pose a serious threat to privacy.In order to ensure that individual users have the means to counter information security threats, the Home Office's proposal should be rejected.