1. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter urge UK to guarantee encryption in law

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have made a joint submission on the UK’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill that urges the government to guarantee encryption in law. While acknowledging that oral assurances have been made by ministers that encrypted services are not at risk, the group has asked for clarity: We reject any proposals that would require companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products via backdoors, forced decryption, or any other means.

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