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Dell boss: Snoopers’ charter “a horrible idea”

Posted by Sam Frances on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 17:13

The CEO of Dell, Michael Dell, has spoken out against the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, calling powers that could be used to force technology companies to undermine encryption “a horrible idea”.

Dell boss: Snoopers’ charter “a horrible idea”

Whatever the laws and rules are in a given country, obviously we’ll follow those. But our position on creating a backdoor inside our products so that the government can get in is that it’s a horrible idea.

The reason it’s a horrible idea is if you have a back door it’s not just the people you want to get in that are going to get in, it’s also the people you don’t want to get in. All of the technical experts pretty much agree on this. We have an active dialogue with governments around the world, and certainly will engage with the UK government to explain our views from a technical perspective on why things may or may not work.

The business leader said that the technology industry needs to work to educate politicians about the risks of proposed legislation.

We have an active dialogue with governments around the world, and certainly will engage with the UK government to explain our views from a technical perspective on why things may or may not work.

For more information, see: UK ‘snoopers’ charter’ is a horrible idea, says Dell chief – The Telegraph

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