Following recent announcements of new encryption measures, the US Government is taking new measures to give its security services access to data. But the news could mean an end to a special technical relationship with the UK.
In September president Bill Clinton announced a 'key recovery' standard of data encryption which would give the Government access to encrypted data it believed was being used for illegal purposes. Under a new set of proposals expected to receive presidential approval, the CIA and National Security Agency would be allowed to hack into bank accounts held by known international terrorists and effectively steal their money or plant bugs and viruses in their systems.
Present law forbids such actions without specific presidential approval.
However, the US has got around such laws in the past with British help, as MI6 and GCHQ have always been allowed such freedom. Working with British Intelligence, the CIA has frequently been able to crack bank codes and hack into computer networks to retrieve terrorist secrets and funds.
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