|09-07-2012, 11:58 AM||#1|
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Join Date: May 2002
Jimmy Wales threatens to encrypt Wikipedia if UK passes snooping bill
from arstechnica.com ......... Bill would force ISPs to retain data on users' online activities for one year.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined the opposition to the Communications Data Bill that was proposed by the UK government earlier this year. Civil rights groups have raised the alarm about provisions that could require British ISPs to keep records of every website their customers visit for 12 months. Now Wales is threatening to enable encryption on Wikipedia for UK Web users to protect their privacy.
"If we find that UK ISPs are mandated to keep track of every single webpage that you read at Wikipedia, I am almost certain we would immediately move to a default of encrypting all communication to the UK, so that the local ISP would only be able to see that you are speaking to Wikipedia, not what you are reading," Wales told members of parliament . He said this wouldn't be a difficult change to implement.
He said the data retention bill is "not the sort of thing I'd expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese."
The Guardian reports that Wales isn't the bill's only critic. Indeed, some of the nation's leading ISPs are also concerned about the legislation, which could impose new costs and administrative headaches. They also worried that data breaches could lead to users' browser records falling into the hands of hackers.
The Web has been slowly moving toward encryption by default, but so far the trend has mostly been limited to online services like Gmail and Twitter. Content sites like Wikipedia are usually delivered in the clear. But Wales predicts that intrusive data retention mandates could lead to encryption by default being adopted across the Web.
"There is also a river called Helikon [in Pieria]. (...) But, they go on to say, the women who killed Orpheus wished to wash off in it the blood-stains, and thereat the River sank underground, so as not to lend its waters to cleanse manslaughter."
—Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 30. 8
|09-11-2012, 11:15 PM||#2|
same as he ever was
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tampa, FL
Yes, and make sure all those links are posted on the user's facebook account too. Why stop there? Yikes!:morons:
"If I give up my rights, I might be safe, but what good is being safe if you have no freedoms?" by n3m35i5
"I always turn to the sports page first....They record people's accomplishments; the front page, nothing but man's failure." by Earl Warren
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