Technology companies have raised concerns about the new surveillance powers being issued by the government to help intelligence services.
The companies believe that such powers could harm data security in the long term. The government plans to hand these powers to security services to help with the war on terror and crime. Companies may be forced to help spies to hack into mobile phones and computers as part of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
Privacy campaigners have spoken out against the plans, as they believe that ordinary people could be spied on. Apple has entered into the row after examining the new laws carefully. Some of the leading websites and software companies, such as Microsoft, have also responded to the committee in Westminster.
The plans for the new law were revealed in November. Apple has argued that the bill would mean the private sector becomes responsible for any hacking incidents and that government agencies would be able to intercept data and communications; however, supporters of the bill have said that social media and apps are now widely used to plan attacks and other crimes.
Apple has stated that the new requirements would create ‘backdoors’ and has described the new laws as ‘a key left under the doormat’, helping terrorists and criminals as much as the security services. Apple believes that data security for millions of people who are law-abiding citizens would be weakened and wants technology companies to continue to implement strong encryption for the customers’ protection.