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Nokia and Uunet attack email bill

Mobile phone company Nokia and ISP Uunet have joined in the fight against proposed UK legislation which could allow the government to intercept the nation’s email.

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LONDON (Brand Republic) - Mobile phone company Nokia and ISP Uunet have joined in the fight against proposed UK legislation which could allow the government to intercept the nation’s email.

Nokia and Uunet have urged the government to rethink its Regulation of Investigatory Powers bill. Uunet said the bill was fundamentally flawed and draconian in nature, and Nokia said that the legislation could have a negative impact on the future of wireless communication.

The RIP bill allows the government to force ISPs to hand over software encryption keys, or provide encrypted email in plain text. Opponents to the bill say it would mean unacceptable costs for ISPs to meet the regulations and lead to the loss of consumer confidence in the internet. Uunet said the extra costs could force the company to consider moving its servers out of the UK.

The home office published the bill’s draft codes of practice on Monday (July 10), and the bill was debated in the House of Lords yesterday (July 12).



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