President Obama Denounces Iran and China for Internet Censorship but Wants to Intercept Encrypted Data

Internet censorship is an issue everywhere in the world currently. Recently, the Indian government allowed Blackberry for a temporary business. However, the condition is not ideal in US as well. While President Obama condemns China and Iran for a closed and censored Internet policy, he too is following their footsteps in internet censorship.

The matter here is two-fold. Firstly, the MPAA (the one that got its website hacked) has raised a bill and is passing it soon to make it a law. This will allow ISPs to block user domains that use too much of file sharing and copyright infringement. However, the exact details of the bill are unknown and a bill of this nature seems to be too abstract.

Secondly, we have the government itself, which wants to track users sending encrypted content and read them. This would include encrypted traffic from Blackberry, Facebook and Skype.  President Obama is willing to present the bill next year.

This can have serious privacy implications and  James X. Dempsey, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology  has remarked,

They are really asking for the authority to redesign services that take advantage of the unique, and now pervasive, architecture of the Internet. They want to turn back the clock and make Internet services function the way that the telephone system used to function.

This can help Law enforcement gather better amounts of data from P2P networks. However, this law will affect the privacy and innovation factors adversely.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.