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Surveillance powers in UK’s Online Safety Bill are risk to E2EE, warns legal expert


Independent legal analysis of a controversial UK government proposal to regulate online speech under a safety-focused framework — aka the Online Safety Bill — says the draft bill contains some of the broadest mass surveillance powers over citizens every proposed in a Western democracy which it also warns pose a risk to the integrity of end-to-end encryption (E2EE).
The opinion, written by the barrister Matthew Ryder KC of Matrix Chambers, was commissioned by Index on Censorship, a group that campaigns for freedom of expression.
Ryder was asked to consider whether provisions in the bill are compatible with human rights law.
His conclusion is that — as is –– the bill lacks essential safeguards on surveillance powers that mean, without further amendment, it will …

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