Online safety bill to return next month, concerns raised over encryption

24/11/2022 | The Guardian

The House of Commons leader, Penny Mordaunt, has confirmed the Online Safety Bill will return to parliament in December. In related news, a group of 70 civil society organisations, elected officials, and cybersecurity experts, including the Open Rights Group, have published an open letter to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak outlining their concerns the Online Safety Bill poses to end-to-end encryption. The letter reads: "Encryption is critical to ensuring internet users are protected online, to building economic security through a pro-business UK economy that can weather the cost of living crisis, and to assuring national security." It calls for clauses in the Bill that undermine the technology to be removed.

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