Apple claims UK may have the power to secretly block global privacy tools


Apple has strongly criticized the UK government’s proposed amendments to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016, which would require tech firms to seek pre-approval for new security features. Under the proposed changes, if the UK Home Office declined an update, it could not be released in any other country and the public would not be informed. Apple has described the amendments as an “unprecedented overreach” and expressed concerns that they would put users’ privacy and security at risk. The Home Office argues that decisions about lawful access must be made by those who are democratically accountable and approved by Parliament. The proposed changes will be debated in the House of Lords tomorrow.

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