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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

tom dial Silver badge

Unless UK English words carry rather different meanings than the same (up to spelling) US English words, telecommunications providers may be required to be able to decrypt the encryption they apply or that is applied on their behalf by another party.

The document does not appear to prohibit other use of encryption, or require the providers to be able to decrypt messages not encrypted by or for them.

On its face, this appears to be a regulation governing ordinary wiretapping (and examination of mail, which I did not see mentioned in the article), with the additional requirement that a carrier could not evade warrants or other authorized orders by encrypting the communications or hiring someone else to do so.

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