This past Sunday China passed a new anti-terrorism law that has caused many countries around the world, including the United States and the UK to speak out against the new regulations. The new law requires that Telecommunication companies to provide access and assistance to the Chinese authorities in order to help detect and prevent terrorist activities. Now it should be stated that the new law does not require the companies to hand over their encryption keys, however those that are voicing their concerns about the new law are worried that that is where this could be headed.
As the need to protect people both in the real world and online against terrorism becomes more and more of an issue in the modern age, the steps that governments are taking in the name of national security are something to be concerned about. The law comes into effect on Jan 1, 2016 and is sure to provide a catalyst to some serious talks on online freedom and the boundaries of government oversight.
For more on the law itself, click here.