Manchester attack could lead Theresa May’s government to launch huge internet crackdown

Manchester attack could lead Theresa May’s government to launch huge internet crackdown:

There been no suggestion that weakened security would have stopped the deadly attack in Manchester

The government may use the deadly attack in Manchester to launch a crackdown on internet securities.

Government officials appear to have briefed newspapers that they will put many of the most invasive parts of the relatively new Investigatory Powers Act into effect after the bombing at Manchester Arena.

The specific powers being discussed – named Technical Capability Orders – require big technology and internet companies to break their own security so that messages can be read by intelligence agencies. Government will ask parliament to allow the use of those powers if Theresa May is re-elected, senior ministers told The Sun.

The government may use the deadly attack in Manchester to launch a crackdown on internet securities.

Government officials appear to have briefed newspapers that they will put many of the most invasive parts of the relatively new Investigatory Powers Act into effect after the bombing at Manchester Arena.

The specific powers being discussed – named Technical Capability Orders – require big technology and internet companies to break their own security so that messages can be read by intelligence agencies. Government will ask parliament to allow the use of those powers if Theresa May is re-elected, senior ministers told The Sun.

“We will do this as soon as we can after the election, as long as we get back in,” The Sun said it was told by a government minister. “The level of threat clearly proves there is no more time to waste now.

“The social media companies have been laughing in our faces for too long.”

The anonymous briefings to the paper come soon after the Conservatives launched their manifesto promising “regulation” on the internet. Those proposals included what appeared to be a reiteration of the government’s plans to weaken security and encryption.

Home secretary Amber Rudd appeared to attempt to limit the application of the powers, suggesting that security services already have the powers they need and that she wouldn’t push for increased powers until further work had been done. Ms Rudd had previously suggested that the government will seek to dramatically weaken the encryption that apps like WhatsApp use to keep messages safe.

There has been no suggestion yet that encryption, which keeps messages from being read by hackers, played any part in the attack. Neither has it been suggested that the extended powers would have prevented such an attack.

Internet companies have repeatedly argued that the powers made possible under the Investigatory Powers Act will make everyone less safe. While building “backdoors” into security will mean that intelligence agencies can read messages, it will also mean that those messages can potentially be read by anyone else, too.

Technology companies have told The Independent that it is still impossible to know whether it would be possible to legally comply with such orders. Weakening encryption in one country like the UK might lead the companies to be in breach of – and it still isn’t clear whether the UK government could force them to break security across the world, as has been suggested.

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3 thoughts on “Manchester attack could lead Theresa May’s government to launch huge internet crackdown

  1. Another rat in the nest. How come an anonymous US official named the (presumably obliterated) bomber within 4 hours of the explosion?

    Did he really exist?

    Not trying to be callous, but are there really 22 dead? I just don’ believe or trust government anymore.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/manchester-bombing-what-we-dont-know/5591844

    Furthermore, this is The Maywitch’s perfect opportunity to start martial law in increments, leading to MRAPS in every town once the economic crash starts.
    http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/05/24/todays-column-troops-on-the-streets-of-britain-more-rightwing-anger-towards-muslims/

  2. Could the Witch of May’s enthusiasm to dispose of Ghaddafi, then treat the covertly trained local back-up as disposable fodder, be back-firing on her?

    It’s fair game he was conveniently allowed to do this in the interest of ultimate May power, but his reasoning will not be unique, and others, intent on a more focused revenge might go for the real target, be it mr. vague or her, both instrumental.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/05/the-manchester-attack-a-blowback-from-britains-terror-support-in-its-wars-on-libya-and-syria.html#more

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