Apple speaks out against UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple has officially spoken out against the U.K.‘s Investigatory Powers Bill, a broad proposed bill that would allow U.K. government officials to access website records, and would require companies to assist in bypassing encryption to access information on computers and phones. While it’s not surprising that Apple would oppose such legislation, the company only recently made a submission to the bill committee, The Guardian reports. Apple claims the bill could alter the way iMessage works. As Apple said in its submission: “The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.” This statement echoes comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in the past, and more recently during his interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

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