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28.02.2023 - 20:44 [ ]

Guide: Respond to the consultation on the government’s digital ID verification system

The UK government has announced a proposed digital government identity verification system under the banner ‘GOV.UK One Login’. This new system will replace the number of existing ways we log into government websites to access public services online. It could give the government a blank cheque to share the personal information of millions of users between government departments.

Seven decades after Winston Churchill’s government scrapped ID cards, we cannot accept plans that will take us closer to becoming a database state now. It is vital that we respond with our concerns.

28.02.2023 - 20:37 [ BBC ]

Signal would ‚walk‘ from UK if Online Safety Bill undermined encryption


Critics say companies could be required by Ofcom to scan messages on encrypted apps for child sexual abuse material or terrorism content under the new law.

This has worried firms whose business is enabling private, secure communication.

Element, a UK company whose customers include the Ministry of Defence, told the BBC the plan would cost it clients.

28.02.2023 - 20:31 [ ]

The end of end-to-end encryption: how the Online Safety Bill threatens your right to privacy

24 years ago, the Human Rights Act was passed and the right to privacy was declared a fundamental right in the UK. Today, in times of rapidly expanding online public spheres, this human right is under grave threat.

Something fundamental is at stake: our ability to hold private conversations.

A combined total of about 47 million people in the UK use messaging apps like Whatsapp and Signal. It is clear that the UK is online and connected. However, the privacy of our online conversations is under threat. So who is trying to undermine our ability to speak without large corporations and governments snooping on our conversations and why?

Enter the Online Safety Bill…

28.02.2023 - 20:18 [ ]

Online Safety Bill in Großbritannien: Threema lässt es auf Rausschmiss ankommen

Der Messenger Threema beteiligt sich nicht am von WhatsApp und Signal angekündigten „Walk-Out“ aus Großbritannien wegen des geplanten Überwachungsgesetzes. Den Anforderungen des „Online Safety Bills“ wird das Schweizer Unternehmen allerdings auch nicht nachkommen.

29.01.2023 - 22:01 [ ]

UK falls below Israel in global free speech ranking thanks to Online Safety Bill

The study published on Wednesday by the London-based nonprofit Index on Censorship (IOC) describes the UK as only “partially open” in every key area measured.

In this year’s ranking, the UK fell below other advanced economies including Australia, Israel, and Japan. European neighbours such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Denmark also all rank higher than the UK.

18.01.2023 - 20:21 [ ]

Cybercrime Convention: NGOs finden UN-Pläne „extrem beunruhigend“

Mit einer „Cybercrime Convention“ wollen die Vereinten Nationen eine netzpolitische Grundlage für den Planeten legen. Menschenrechtler*innen sehen in dem Vorhaben „gruselige Ideen“. Sie warnen unter anderem vor Vorratsdatenspeicherung und staatlichem Hacking.

18.01.2023 - 18:53 [ ]

Kampf gegen „schädliche Inhalte“: Wikipedia warnt vor britischer Online Safety Bill

Großbritannien könnte die geplante „Online Safety Bill“ merklich verschärfen. Demnach könnten Mitarbeitende von Online-Diensten persönlich haften, wenn sie die Sicherheit von Kindern im Internet nicht ausreichend schützen. Das würde insbesondere Online-Dienste wie Wikipedia, die auf den Einsatz von Freiwilligen setzen, in Bedrängnis bringen.

Das seit geraumer Zeit diskutierte Gesetzesvorhaben soll Internetnutzer:innen vor schädlichen und illegalen Inhalten im Netz schützen. Unter anderem enthält es Bestimmungen, die der EU-Chatkontrolle ähneln und könnte die Verschlüsselung im Vereinigten Königreich untergraben. Zudem schreibt es Online-Diensten Überwachungspflichten vor. Sie müssten dann selbst aktiv nach potenziell schädlichen Inhalten Ausschau halten.

09.01.2023 - 21:08 [ ]

Why did Facebook reject The Spectator’s Joe Biden cover?

Why was The Spectator being hauled up under a technical FB rule applying to political adverts? As a news organisation, we thought we were exempt from such rules.

15.12.2022 - 09:14 [ Wim van Eck / ]

Electromagnetic Radiation from Video Display Units: An Eavesdropping Risk?


In February, 1985, we carried out an eavesdropping experiment in London, in cooperation with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Part of the results were shown in the programme „Tomorrow’s World.“ A small van was equipped with a 10 metre high pump mast to which a VHF band III antenna was clamped (10 dB gain). The received signal was fed through an antenna, amplified (18 dB) and displayed on a television screen inside the van.

For obvious reasons we cannot give information on the data picked up during the experiment. The results can be
summarized as follows:

• It is possible to eavesdrop on the video display units or terminals in buildings from a large distance, using a car fitted up for the purpose.

• Although the experiment was carried out in broad daylight and many people watched us, nobody asked what we were doing.

15.12.2022 - 09:00 [ Radio Utopie ]

Spionage und Informationskontrolle: Der technologische Quantensprung in 1943


USA, 1943. Mitten im Zweiten Weltkrieg.

In einem Labor der 1877 vom Schwiegervater Alexander Graham Bells gegründeten Bell Company (heute der Weltkonzern AT&T), die für das 1860 gegründete Signal Corps der US Armee arbeitet, testet ein Wissenschaftler der Bell Company das 1925 von der US Armee in Dienst gestellte verschlüsselnde Text-Kommunikationssystem SIGTOT. Es arbeitet nach dem US Patent #1,310,719 für ein „geheimes Signalsystem“ des Bell Technikers Gilbert S. Vernam aus 1919 und benutzt zur Verschlüsselung ein Bell Gerät namens 131-B2.

An jenem Tage des Jahres 1943 bemerkt nun der für die US Armee arbeitende Wissenschaftler der Bell Company ein technisches Phänomen, welches bis heute fast der gesamten Weltbevölkerung unbekannt ist, obwohl es die Sicherheit, die Privatsphäre, die Gesellschaften, die Staaten, die Sicherheit und das Leben von heute 7 Milliarden Menschen unmittelbar berührt und gefährdet:

jedes Mal wenn er über den verschlüsselnden Text-Kommunikations-Apparat SIGTOT einen Buchstaben eintippt, schlägt in einem entfernten Teil des Labors ein Oszilloskop aus. Und zwar fünf Mal, für jedes Zeichen pro Sekunde („baud“). Als er die angezeigten Spannungsspitzen näher analysiert, stellt er fest, dass er die in den Text-Kommunikations-Apparat der Armee per Hand eingetippten und anschließend verschlüsselten Texte aus der Entfernung unverschlüsselt mitlesen kann.

15.12.2022 - 08:53 [ National Security Agency ]

TEMPEST: A Signal Problem


Now, let´s go back to the beginning. During World War II, the backbone systems for Army und Navy secure teletypewriter communications were one-time tapes and the primitive crypto-equipment SIGTOT. For encrypting, the Services used a Bell-telephone mixing device, called 131-B2. When one of these mixers was being tested in a Bell laboratory, a researcher noticed, quite by accident, that each time the machine stepped, a spike appeared on an oscilloscope in a distant part of the lab. After he examined these spikes more carefully, he found that he could read the plain text of the message being enciphered by the machine.

14.12.2022 - 13:26 [ ]

WhatsApp is close to disappearing in the UK

WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messenger app in the world, with more than 2 billion users, including around 40 million in the UK.

14.12.2022 - 13:05 [ ]

WhatsApp raises threat of UK shutdown in encryption row


WhatsApp is threatened with a shut down in Britain as ministers press ahead with plans to require easier access to messages for police and MI5, the messaging app has warned.

Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp at Meta, which also owns Facebook and Instagram, told The Telegraph he was prepared to see the app blocked for British smartphone users rather than weaken its security.

13.12.2022 - 19:36 [ ]

Online Safety Bill: WhatsApp bringt wegen Überwachungsgesetz Rückzug aus Großbritannien ins Spiel

Großbritannien plant unabhängig von der EU ein ähnliches Gesetz wie die Chatkontrolle. Sollte der jetzige Entwurf mit seinen Bestimmungen durchkommen, erwägt der weltweit größte Messenger einen Rückzug von der Insel.

12.12.2022 - 17:54 [ ]

Britain is sleepwalking into censorship and we’re running out of time to stop it

A robot, for example, will already have read this column and sought to ascertain if my argument justifies the headline. If not, the article will be punished, pushed far down the search rankings. This is a standard Google procedure, intended to improve search results.

But how, I asked a tech chief recently, does an algorithm judge the quality of an argument?

10.12.2022 - 19:29 [ ]

Legislative Proposals in the UK, US, and EU Would Restrict End-to-End Encryption Online—Making Internet Users Less Safe

(November 14, 2022)

The report analyzes the U.S. EARN IT Act, which is likely to be reintroduced in the new Congress next year; the UK Online Safety Bill; and an EU scanning proposal to prevent child abuse online. All three would impose monitoring obligations for online services that would amount to de facto prohibitions on end-to-end encryption, according to the Center.