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Sir Tim Berners-Lee supports Encryption

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee spoke to the BBC following the news that he has been given the Turing Award. Sir Tim said giving the authorities a back door to encryption would have serious consequences. Moves to undermine encryption would be a “bad idea” and represent a massive security breach. If you break encryption other people (e.g. terrorists) may end up getting better at it than you are.

Sir Tim also criticised the UK and USA on privacy matters, such as the UK's recent Investigatory Powers Act… “The idea that all ISPs should be required to spy on citizens and hold the data for six months is appalling.” He was shocked by the USA scraping laws preventing internet service providers from selling user data.

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