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Infosec world resists GCHQ over privacy-busting proposals

     
6:18 pm on May 31, 2019 (gmt 0)

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a host of western tech companies including Microsoft and WhatsApp are pushing back hard against GCHQ proposals that to add a "ghost user" to encrypted messaging services.

The point of that "ghost user", as we reported back in 2018 when this was first floated in its current form, is to apply "virtual crocodile clips" and enable surveillance by spies, police, NHS workers and any others from the long list of state organisations allowed to snoop on your day-to-day life.

[theregister.co.uk...]

Is 1984 about to come true? Personally, any backdoor into encryption is a non-starter for me!
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If "1984" is not obvious, that's George Orwell's novel (written in 1948, which was the author's preferred title), and describes a regulated society over seen by "Big Brother" ...
9:27 am on June 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Agreed. The British government is also boasting it will soon have the world strictest internet censorship system.

It would be hard to imagine any western government boasting about censorship 20 years ago.